Sergeant Major Michael J. Rhine is a native of Orange, California, and reported for recruit training aboard MCRD San Diego on November 14, 1988. Immediately following graduation from recruit training, he attended Field Artillery Fire Finder’s course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In July 1989, he was assigned to Target Acquisition Battery (TAB), 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division in Grand Prairie, Texas and promoted to Lance Corporal. He then was assigned to 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division in August 1990 having been called to active duty service in support of upcoming operations in the Persian Gulf. While serving with 10th Marines, he was forward deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as an Artillery Fire Finder. During this time, the Artillery Fire Finders contributed to 75% of all the artillery and mortar position kills. In April of 1991 and after release from active duty, Lance Corporal Rhine reported back to 14th Marines in Fort Worth, Texas as an Assistant Team Leader for the Artillery Fire Finders. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in October 1995 and became a Team Leader. Sergeant Rhine provided unyielding support for multiple Combined Arms Exercises for various Battalions within 14th Marines and 11th Marines. In January 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and became the 14th Marines Deployment Chief overseeing all Artillery Fire Finders. In 1999, he transferred to the Inactive Ready Reserves.
In 2002, he rejoined 14th Marines and subsequently deployed as the Deployment Chief in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in July 2004. As Deployment Chief, Staff Sergeant Rhine oversaw six Marine TPQ37 Fire Finders, one Army TPQ37, and five Light Weight Counter Mortar Radars (LCMR). Prior to this deployment, the LCMR had never been tested in combat operations. Staff Sergeant Rhine was responsible for emplacing these assets in cities, towns and Forward Operating Bases throughout Iraq. They were used in thousands of acquisitions and fire support missions. In April 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and reassigned to Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines as the Assistant Operations Chief for the HIMMARS system. Special Note: 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines later became the first HIMMARS Battalion in the Marine Corps.
From October 2009 through May 2011, he served as acting First Sergeant for Headquarters Battery providing the Battalion with highly skilled and qualified Marines in support of the fight against terrorism both in Iraq and Afghanistan. In April 2011, he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and assigned to Twin Cities, Minnesota under Headquarters Battalion, 4th Marine Division, as the First Sergeant for Military Police Company and the Detachment located in North Dakota. In 2013, based on recommendations from the latest results of the Force Structure Review Group, First Sergeant Rhine’s unit was restructured into the 4th Law Enforcement Battalion from the 4th Law Enforcement Support Company and subsequently redirected for TO/TE under the Force Headquarters Group. He was appointed as Senior Advisor for Operation Southern Accord, a joint operation with the Army, hosted in South Africa.
In 2015, he was promoted to Sergeant Major and assigned to his current duty location of 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Tampa, Florida. Sergeant Major Rhine’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.