First Sergeant Kevin R. VanderWiede
First Sergeant, Headquarters Company, 25th Marine Regiment

First Sergeant Kevin R. Vander Wiede is a native of Guilford, CT. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2003. Following Recruit Training he reported to the Marine Combat Training, Camp Geiger, NC and then reported to Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO earning the MOS 5811, Military Policeman.

Private Vander Wiede received orders to Military Police Company, Security Bn, MCB Quantico, VA. He served as a sentry for the Provost Marshalls Office and breacher for the Special Reaction Team, receiving promotion to Corporal in August 2006.

Corporal Vander Wiede reported to Military Police Company, Camp Lejeune, NC in October 2006. He served as Assistant Patrol Leader and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2007. After returning from Iraq the Company was then disbanded and the unit was separated by orders.

Corporal Vander Wiede reported to Military Police Detachment, Cherry Point, NC in December 2007 which fell under the Motor Transportation Company. Corporal Vander Wiede served as Training NCO and Administration NCO for Motor Transportation Company. During this time he prepared Military Police Detachment and Reservist from the IRR for an upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Task Force MP, 1st BN/12th Marines. During the pre-deployment he served as Operations Chief at Cajun Viper, Ft Polk, LA while continuing to serve as the Training NCO and Administration NCO. Corporal Vander Wiede was selected as NCO of the Quarter, and Meritorious Sergeant. 

Sergeant Vander Wiede was meritoriously promoted on November 10th, 2008 at Combat Outpost Trebil. While deployed he served as Police Sergeant, Training NCO, Admin NCO, Detention Facility NCOIC, ASP NCOIC, Armory NCOIC, and Supply NCOIC.

Sergeant Vander Wiede returned to Cherry Point, NC after deployment. Sergeant Vander Wiede EAS’d in May 2009, returning to Connecticut and began classes at the University of Connecticut in the fall semester of 2009.

In June, 2010, Sergeant Vander Wiede joined the SMCR with MWSS-472 Det B, Chicopee, MA. He served as HQ Platoon Sergeant, then Reserve Training Chief. In December 2012 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut.

Staff Sergeant Vander Wiede reported to 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Brooklyn, NY in February 2014 where he served as Platoon Sergeant and Accident Investigation Chief. In February 2016 he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. He served as the Accident Investigation Chief and Detachment Gunnery Sergeant for 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Detachment 2 until he was promoted to First Sergeant in April 2019.

First Sergeant Vander Wiede reported to Headquarters Company, 25th Marine Regiment in May 2019, where he currently serves as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant.

First Sergeant Vander Wiede’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1) Gold Star in lieu of second award, Certificate of Commendation (3), Certificate of Appreciation, and Meritorious Mast.