Sergeant Major Joel Chaviano, is a native of Havana, Cuba and Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from Dickinson High School, Jersey City, New Jersey in June 1992. Upon completion of High School, Sergeant Major Chaviano attended Rutgers University and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1994.
Upon completion of recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, S. C. in May 1994, Private First Class Chaviano reported to Camp Johnson, North Carolina, for Administrative Supply School. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to 6th Motor Transport Battalion, Red Bank, New Jersey. Sergeant Major Chaviano’s formal military education includes Marine Corps Administrative Supply School, Platoon Leaders Course Juniors, Platoon Leaders Course Seniors, Primary Marksmanship Instructor School, and Professional Military Education Schools.
In January 2003, Sergeant Chaviano was mobilized along with 6th Motor Transport Battalion and was deployed to the Persian Gulf attached to 1st Marine Division, 1st Transportation Support Battalion to support Operation Freedom Banner/Iraqi Freedom as the Supply Section Chief. Upon demobilization to the SMCR in July 2003, Sergeant Chaviano returned to 6th Motor Transport Battalion and held the following billets, Color Sergeant, Service Platoon Sergeant, Assistant Platoon Commander, Platoon Commander, Assistant Training Chief, and Reserve Training Chief.
In May 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Chaviano was mobilized along with 6th Motor Transport Battalion and was deployed to Iraq, attached to Multi-National Forces West/United States Forces Iraq, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II MEF, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, Combat Logistics Battalion 46 to support Iraqi Freedom as the Logistics Chief, Ramadi Detachment. Upon completion of mission in Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Chaviano was attached to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as the Logistics Chief. Upon demobilization to the SMCR in June 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Chaviano returned to 6th Motor Transport Battalion as the Company Gunnery Sergeant. In May of 2012 Sergeant Major Chaviano was promoted to the Rank of First Sergeant and assigned as the Company First Sergeant for Service Company, 6th Communication Battalion in Brooklyn, NY. On October 1st 2015, First Sergeant Chaviano was assigned as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, 6th Communication Battalion in Brooklyn, NY being that he was the senior First Sergeant in the command. In May of 2018 Sergeant Major Chaviano was assigned as the Squadron Sergeant Major for Marine Air Support Squadron-6 (MASS-6), Chicopee, MA, Marine Air Command Group 48, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.
Sergeant Major Chaviano is presently serving as the Battalion Sergeant Major for 4th Law Enforcement Battalion (4th LEB), St. Paul, MN., Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve.
Sergeant Major Chaviano’s personal awards include: Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Select Marine Corps Reserve Medal 7th Award, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Sergeant Major Chaviano has also been the recipient of numerous Certificate of Commendations, and Letters of Appreciation. He is also a recipient of the civilian NJ Distinguished Service Medal, the Hudson County Distinguished Military Service Medal and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for his service to the community.
Sergeant Major Chaviano is a lifelong member of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Fraternity Inc. and participates in numerous community service projects sponsored through the organization. He is a lifelong member of Progreso Lodge No. 25, Free and Accepted Masons of New York. He is a Boy Scout Troop Committee Member for Troop 2 in West Orange, NJ. He is an active member of the Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association, the Police Officers Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.