Sergeant Major Bechtold is a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 1998. On 23 August 1998, Sergeant Major Bechtold enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at MCRD Parris Island South Carolina, where he was assigned to M Co, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. He transferred to Marine Combat Training Battalion (East) in November 1998 and graduated in December 1998. He then attended the Marine Artillery Fire Control Man Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
In December of 1998, Private First Class Bechtold received orders to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he was assigned to Alpha Battery 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. In 1999 and again in 2001, he deployed with Alpha Battery to Okinawa Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
In 2002 Sergeant Bechtold was assigned to Drill Instructor School, Parris Island South Carolina. Upon graduation he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion as well as Operations Chief for Recruit Separations Platoon.
In 2006 Staff Sergeant Bechtold transferred to Alpha Battery, 1st Bn 10th Marines for duties as a Battery Operations Chief and Platoon Sergeant.
In 2006 Staff Sergeant Bechtold participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as a Platoon Sergeant for a rifle and motorized platoon.
In March 2008, Staff Sergeant Bechtold deployed in support of Operation “Asada Woza”, Garmsir, Afghanistan with Battalion Landing Team 1/6 executing duties as an Operations Chief and Platoon Sergeant.
In March 2009 Gunnery Sergeant Bechtold transferred to Weapons Company 3d Bn 6th Marines for duties as a Platoon Sergeant. In January of 2010, he deployed with the Battalion to participate in Operation “Moshtarak” in Marjah, Afghanistan.
November 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Bechtold received orders to the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy, SOI (East) where he served as a Faculty Advisor and Chief Instructor of the Advanced Course.
In March of 2013 First Sergeant Bechtold was assigned to Landing Support Company, Savannah Georgia, where he served as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant.
First Sergeant Bechtold was assigned to the Recruit Training Regiment in April of 2016 where he served as a Company First Sergeant for Company G and Recruit Processing Company.
In February of 2018 Sergeant Major Bechtold assumed his duties as the Site Support Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment.
Sergeant Major Bechtold’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” and four gold stars in lieu of fifth award, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Sergeant Major Bechtold is married and has five children.