Sergeant Major Espinoza is a native of Orange California. After Graduation from high school, he worked construction jobs and in automotive shops before enlisting in the Marine Corps 29 December 1989. After recruit training in MCRD San Diego California, he completed Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, Ca. Upon completion of MCT he attended the Engineer equipment course at Camp Lejuene NC where he became a (1345) heavy equipment operator and was promoted to the rank of Private first class.
In October 1990 he reported to 5th Bulk fuel Company, 6th Engineer support battalion, Tacoma, Washington where he served as an engineer equipment operator and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In 1994 he was promoted to Corporal and was assigned as a squad leader and engineer equipment dispatcher. In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became the platoon Sergeant for headquarters platoon and operations chief. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 November 1999 and transferred to Headquarters and Service Company, 4th Landing support Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington.
Staff Sergeant Espinoza was assigned as Platoon commander of heavy equipment platoon and in charge of motor transport, both operations and maintenance. He then attended the engineer chief course in Fort Leonard wood, Mo.
In February 2003 Staff Sergeant Espinoza was activated in support of Operation enduring freedom; he went to Camp Pendleton where he was selected to be the officer in charge for force protection aboard a Merchant Marine ship (US Comet) enroute from San Diego to Kuwait with Marine Corps gear essential for the upcoming war in Iraq. He instructed and trained his Marines, and successfully defended the ship from aggressors and Pirates. Once in Kuwait he went to Al Jaber, Kuwait and assisted with getting equipment off deadline and operational for the war effort. When the war started he was sent into Iraq where he served as Motor transport chief for CSSC 135 and was convoy commander on numerous combat missions.
Upon returning to the United States Staff Sergeant Espinoza continued to serve as Platoon commander and heavy equipment chief for H&S company, 4th LSB, in January 2005 he was again activated and deployed to Iraq. He was attached to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Transportation Company, and assigned as Platoon sergeant of heavy equipment Platoon. While in Iraq he volunteered for several different missions including an assignment with 2nd AAV’s while doing house to house search missions with 1/23 and 3/25 and participated in Operation Matador. While in Iraq SSgt Espinoza earned his Marine Corps Martial Arts belts grey, green, and brown, he also assisted in instructing Marines in the Martial arts program. In September 2005 he was promoted to Gunnery sergeant and returned to his home unit March 2006.
GySgt Espinoza went to Morocco Africa, where he was the Marine Corps liaison with the Moroccan Army and formed relationships with high ranking officers in order to facilitate training the foreign soldiers.
In 2008 GySgt Espinoza was the senior enlisted on a mission to Liberia Africa by ship from Senegal, where the Marine Corps was testing out a new concept called Sea basing. The mission was a very successful and continues to be used in the Marine Corps.
In March 2008 GySgt Espinoza became the acting First Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, 4th Landing Support Battalion and was selected for promotion the following year. He was Frocked to First Sergeant May, 2009 and filled the 1stSgt billet with Alpha company 4th LSB.
First Sergeant Espinoza transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 6 as the 1stSgt for Security Company and in May 2011 was sent to 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, H&S Company and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he earned his MCMAP black belt while deployed.
First Sergeant Espinoza checked in to H&S Company, 4th LSB in September 2012 for the next few months until he was selected and Frocked to Sergeant Major in May 2013.
Sergeant Major Espinoza was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 471, Minneapolis, Minnesota until May 2017. In February of 2017, SgtMaj Espinoza was slated and assigned to CLR-4.
Sergeant Major Espinoza’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and a combat action ribbon.