Sergeant Major Brian J. Hibbard assumed the duties of Squadron Sergeant Major at Marine Wing Support Squadron-473, MAG-41, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California on 27 July 2020.
Sergeant Major Brian Hibbard is a native of New York and went on to graduate from Clinton High School in June of 1998. Following graduation, he was accepted into Syracuse University, where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during his freshman year of college in December of 1999. Sergeant Major Hibbard completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Parris Island, SC in August of 1999, graduating at the rank of Private First Class after earning the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Fox Company, Iron Man Award (High PFT). Upon completion, he received orders to Headquarters and Service Company, 8th Tank Battalion, Rochester, NY.
In June of 2000, Sergeant Major Hibbard reported to Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School, Field Radio Operators Course at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA. Upon completion of the Field Radio Operators Course he earned the Field Radio Operator MOS (0621) and the following summer reported to Marine Combat Training, at Camp Geiger, NC. From August 1999 to June 2004, Sergeant Major Hibbard was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 8th Tank Battalion, Rochester, NY, where he was promoted to the ranks of Lance Corporal, Corporal, and Sergeant. Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on 11 September 2001, Sergeant Major Hibbard volunteered for activation to Ground Zero for a period of 12 days in support of rescue and recovery operations. During his time as a Field Radio Operator at 8th Tanks, he also held the billet of Platoon Sergeant and Battalion Colors Sergeant. In addition, Sergeant Major Hibbard was recognized and received the 2004 8th Tank Battalion Marine Tanker of the Year Award. During this time, Sergeant Major Hibbard transferred to the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, where in May of 2003, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was then accepted into the university’s graduate program.
In June of 2004, Sergeant Major Hibbard deployed with 1st Provisional Security Company, 8th Tank Battalion to MARCENT – Djibouti, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom throughout the MARCENT Area of Responsibility (AOR) under the additional MOS 8151, Marine Security Guard. Upon return in February of 2005, Sergeant Major Hibbard reported to Alpha Company, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Rochester, NY.
In May of 2006, Sergeant Major Hibbard earned his Master of Science Degree with a concentration in United States History and Political Science. That same year, on 1 November 2006, Sergeant Major Hibbard was promoted to Staff Sergeant and shortly thereafter, was accepted into the Troops To Teachers program and was hired by Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he taught 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade Honors and Advanced Placement American Government. He was then accepted into the Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) program and received orders to Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, Communication Training Battalion, Bravo Company (Tactical Communication Training School), MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA, and held an Instructor/Class Advisor billet, while also holding the additional MOS 0629, Radio Chief.
During this period, Sergeant Major Hibbard also supported and assisted recruiters from RSS Las Vegas on the Extended on Active Duty (EAD) Recruiter Program, recruiting for a period of approximately 180 days. Sergeant Major Hibbard was then promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on 1 August 2010.
In October of 2013, Sergeant Major Hibbard transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA, and assigned to Reserve Support Unit (RSU), Air Station West. There, he held the Cyber Network Systems Chief billet, MOS 0659, where he served as lead advisor to the command on all aspects related to communication, assets, and information assurance for the RSU. Additionally, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the commanding officer.
On 1 July 2015, Sergeant Major Hibbard was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant (MOS 8999) and assigned to 5th Battalion, 14th Marines at Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, CA to serve as November Battery’s First Sergeant. During his time at November Battery, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the commanding officer and led the battery during three major live fire exercises to include; ITX 4-16 at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA, Exercise Agile Spirit in the Republic of Georgia, and Steel Spear 2018, integrating with 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA. During this period, Sergeant Major Hibbard was accepted into the Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education (SEPME) Course 1-18 aboard Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia from October 2017 to November 2017, becoming the first E-8 (1stSgt/MSgt) from the SMCR component to attend the Active Duty resident course. Upon graduation, Sergeant Major Hibbard was awarded the United States Naval Institute General Mattis Writing Award in Recognition of Innovative Ideas.
On 1 March 2019, Sergeant Major Hibbard voluntarily mobilized and received orders to serve as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the OIC for the Ground Combat Element (GCE) of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Southern Command 19 (SPMAGTF-SC19). Upon completion of the Marine Advisor Course (Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group) aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA; Sergeant Major Hibbard earned the Foreign Security Force Advisor MOS (0570) and deployed to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras on 1 June 2019, where he served on a six-month deployment in the SOUTHCOM AOR. During this time serving as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, he was responsible for the accountability, welfare, development, and mentoring of 46 team personnel, including 35 Marines and Officers, six Navy Corpsman, four Puerto Rican National Guard Soldiers, and one Chilean Marine Officer in four Security Cooperation Training Teams (SCTT) training and operating with Host Nation Forces in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and two Mobile Training Teams (MTT) training and operating with Host Nation Forces in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Panama. Additionally, during this period, Sergeant Major Hibbard served on the USS Carter Hall while participating in the Multi-National Maritime Task Force Exercise-UNITAS 2019 (Atlantic), which was comprised of U.S. Navy and Marine forces training with militaries from 13 different Central and South American Countries, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Upon returning from deployment in December of 2019, Sergeant Major Hibbard rejoined November Battery and reassumed his duties and responsibilities as the Battery First Sergeant and was later selected for promotion to the rank of Sergeant Major on 5 March 2020.
On 11 July 2020, Sergeant Major Hibbard was frocked to his current rank (MOS 8999) and on 27 July 2020, assumed the duties as Squadron Sergeant Major of Marine Wing Support Squadron-473, Marine Aircraft Group-41, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California. Immediately after assuming his duties as Squadron Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Hibbard was mobilized, where he currently serves as the Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the OIC of Task Force Resolve in support of the Training and Education Command (TECOM) COVID-19 response effort aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, San Diego, CA (MCRDSD).
Sergeant Major Hibbard’s personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with four bronze stars in lieu of fifth award, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the 2004 8th Tank Battalion Marine Tanker of the Year Award, and the United States Naval Institute General Mattis Writing Award in Recognition of Innovative Ideas.