Sergeant Major Joseph Perera
Inspector-Instructor Sergeant Major
2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment

Sergeant Major Perera is a native of Los Angeles, California. Sergeant Major Perera enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 12, 1998 MCRD, San Diego. After completion of Recruit Training in November 1998, he reported to the School of Infantry- West ( SOI) and completed Infantry Training Battalion January 1999.

After completion of SOI, SgtMaj Perera received orders to Fox Company, Weapons Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA., and deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Okinawa, Japan. In 2001 SgtMaj Perera deployed again with the same unit to Okinawa, Japan in support of 31st MEU.

In May of 2002 SgtMaj Perera reported to Bravo Range, Range Company, Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, Ca. as a Range Coach. After graduating from Primary Marksmanship Instructor Course, Sergeant Perera became a Block NCO for Delta Range.

In August of 2004, SgtMaj Perera reported to Weapons Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines as an 81mm Mortar squad Leader. SgtMaj Perera deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in August 2004 and deployed again in February 2006 to Okinawa, Japan in support of 31st MEU.

In January of 2007, SgtMaj Perera reported to Basic Recruiter School in MCRD San Diego. Upon graduating from Basic Recruiter School he reported to Recruiting Sub Station Boise, ID, Recruiting Station Salt Lake City, UT.

In July of 2010 he reported to Charlie Company 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a platoon sergeant for 1st platoon. he deployed to Garmsir, Afghanistan in 2012, upon his return he became the Company GySgt. In 2013 he deployed to Okinawa, Japan with Weapons Company 1st Bn 3rd Marines as a CAAT Platoon Sergeant.

In July of 2013, he received orders to Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, Quantico, VA. While assigned to the Warfighting Lab he became an Infantry Project Officer. In December of 2015 he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant.

May 2016, First Sergeant Perera reported to Head Quarters Battery, 3d Battalion, 11th Marines, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, Ca. May 2017 he transferred to Battery M. 1stSgt Perera and would later deploy with Battery M in 2018 to Darwin, Australia in support of the Marine Rotational Force Darwin 18.

January 2018, he reported to Head Quarters Support Battalion(Base), Camp Pendleton, Ca. as the Head Quarters and Service Company First Sergeant.

On June 30th, 2020, he was frocked to his current rank and is currently serving as I&I Sergeant Major 2nd Bn, 23rd Marines.

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal with (1)gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and combat action ribbon.