Sergeant Major Anthony A. Spadaro enlisted in the Marine Corps on 3 April 1985, and attended Recruit Training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina in Platoon, 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.
Graduating from Recruit Training in June 1985, PFC Spadaro would report to the Marine Artillery Detachment at Fort Sill Oklahoma for MOS Training as an Artillery Fire Direction Controllman (MOS 0844). Upon completion of MOS School, PFC Spadaro would report to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), 29 Palms, California for duty with Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines. In February 1987, Corporal Spadaro was assigned to Naval Air Station, North Island, Coronado for training as an Artillery Nuclear Projectileman (MOS 0812).
In April 1987, Corporal Spadaro received orders to Marine Security Guard School, Quantico and upon completion of the school, was assigned as a Watchstander to the American Embassy, Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. In June 1988, he was selected to activate the newly formed Marine Security Guard Detachment in Gaborone, Botswana as the Assistant Detachment Commander, in October 1988. In May 1989, Sergeant Spadaro became the Detachment Commander.
In March 1990, Sergeant Spadaro was transferred to First Marine Division and subsequently assigned to Battery G, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, attached to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines for duties as the Assistant Operations Chief. While with Battery G, he would deploy in December 1990 to participate in Operation Desert Shield/Storm as a member of Battalion Landing Team 3/1 until August 1991.
In November 1991, Sergeant Spadaro was transferred to 11th Marines for duty in the S-2. While assigned with 11th Marines, he would serve as an Intel Specialist, Intel Chief, and Intel Officer. In February 1993, Staff Sergeant Spadaro was assigned as 43 Area Guard Chief.
In April 1994, Staff Sergeant Spadaro was assigned to be the Meteorological Chief, 11th Marines and as the Platoon Sergeant for Headquarters Battery, 11th Marines. In 1996, Staff Sergeant Spadaro would become the Regimental Survey Chief for 11th Marines and Instructor at the Artillery Training School.
In April 1997, Staff Sergeant Spadaro reported for Drill Instructor Duty at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and was assigned to India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. While with India Company he served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor.
In July 1999, Gunnery Sergeant Spadaro was assigned to the staff of Drill Instructor School. During his tenure at DI School, he filled the following billets: General Military Subject/History Instructor, Leadership Instructor, Academic Coordinator/Curriculum Developer and SOP Instructor.
Upon selection to First Sergeant in March 2001, 1stSgt Spadaro was assigned as the First Sergeant to Special Training Company, Support Battalion, MCRD San Diego. In August 2001, he transferred to 3rd Marine Division and was assigned to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. In July 2004, he reported to MCRD San Diego for duties as Company First Sergeant for Company C, First Recruit Training Battalion.
Selected for Sergeant Major in November 2004, he assumed the billet as the First Recruit Training Battalion Sergeant Major in August 2005. During March 2007, SgtMaj Spadaro transferred from MCRD and was assigned to the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing. From July 2007 to April 2009, he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 and the Sergeant Major for the Aviation Combat Element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. From July-September 2009, SgtMaj Spadaro served with the Staff Secretary of the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing. From October-December 2009, SgtMaj Spadaro was posted as the Marine Aircraft Group 16 Sergeant Major. In December 2009, SgtMaj Spadaro was selected as the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), Sergeant Major and from April 2010 to March 2011 he served as the Sergeant Major, Aviation Combat Element, Regional Command (Southwest) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
From August 2011 to June 2013, SgtMaj Spadaro served as the Sergeant Major, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, I MEF. In July 2013 he was posted as the Sergeant Major Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North stationed in New Orleans.
SgtMaj Spadaro has completed the following Professional Military Education courses: NCO Academy, SNCO Career Course, SNCO Advance Course, First Sergeant’s Course, Warfighting, Expeditionary Warfare School (by extension), Command and Staff College (by extension), Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, the Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education Course, the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course and the Keystone Fellows Course (National Defense University).
Sergeant Major Spadaro’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), the Air Medal (with strike numeral “3”), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.