First Sergeant Link is a native of San Diego, California and enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 5, 2000. He completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California in December of 2000 and attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California. Upon completion of Marine Combat Training, First Sergeant Link reported to Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas for the Louis F. Garland Firefighting Academy where he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. After completing the firefighting academy in May 2001, he reported to the Marine Corps Air Facility aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he was subsequently promoted to Corporal meritoriously in March 2002 and Sergeant in March 2003. He was also selected as the United States Marine Corps military firefighter of the year.
In December 2003, First Sergeant Link was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Corporals Course where he served as a course Instructor, Advisor, and Academics Chief.
In June 2004, First Sergeant Link was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan where he participated in the 2005 Eagle Warrior exercise in Camp FujI, Japan. During this tour, he held the billets of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Assistant Section Leader and Embarkation Chief.
In July 2006, First Sergeant Link was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 at Marine Corps Air Station New River where he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his tour he deployed to Camp Korean Village, Iraq in 2007 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also held the billets of Section Leader, Training Chief, Crash Chief and SNCOIC.
In April 2009, First Sergeant Link attended Recruiters School in San Diego, California and upon graduation he was assigned as a Canvassing Recruiter at Recruiting Sub Station Fremont, Recruiting Station San Francisco. In January 2011 he was transferred to Recruiting Sub Station San Mateo to serve as the SNCOIC and subsequently promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
In June 2012, First Sergeant Link was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point where he deployed with Marine Aircraft Group 40 in support of Operation EAGER FALCON to Kuwait and Bahrain. In March 2014 he deployed to Tacticle Base Dwyer Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While assigned he held the billets of Material Chief, Crash Chief, and Senior Enlisted Advisor. At the conclusion of his tour with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 he was selected as the 2014 United States Marine Corps and Department of Defense Military Fire Officer of the Year.
On January 12, 2015 First Sergeant Link was promoted to his current rank and transferred to 2D Marine Raider Support Battalion where he served as the Logistics Company and Headquarters Company First Sergeant. In July of 2015, First Sergeant Link was assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq where he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In June of 2017, First Sergeant Link was assigned to his current position at 6th ANGLICO.
First Sergeant Link’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with two gold star.
First Sergeant Link holds an Associates of Science in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.