First Sergeant Jose A. Vera Jr

First Sergeant (1stSgt) Jose A. Vera Jr. is a native of Escondido, California. He graduated from Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California in 1995. Jose Vera enlisted in the Marine Corps May 1995 and attended recruit training at Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego February 1996.

Upon completion of recruit training in April 1996, 1stSgt Vera attended Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton. He was assigned the military occupational specialty 0311 Rifleman. 1stSgt Vera reported to Alpha Company (A Co), 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (4th LARBN), 4th MARDIV, in Camp Pendleton, California in August 1996.

1stSgt Vera earned his Associates of Arts in Mathematics from Polomar Community College in San Marcos, California June 1999.

In January of 2003 A Co 4th LARBN was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1stSgt Vera, at the rank of Corporal, severed as a Section Scout Team leader for 1st Platoon (1st Plt), A Co, 4th LARBN during the deployment from March 2003 to September 2003

In January 2004 1st Sgt Vera was promoted to Sergeant in the United Sates Marine Corps Reserves and transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves to focus on education. In December 2004, 1stSgt Vera earned his Batcheler’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

After completion of his degree, 1stSgt Vera rejoined 1st Plt, A Co, 4th LARBN, 4th MARDIV in January 2005. He was assigned as the Senior Scout of the Platoon which he served until January 2006, when A Co was mobilized to form 4th Provisional Security Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed from March 2006 to September 2006 to Djibouti, Djibouti. 1stSgt Vera served as the Platoon Guide of 3rd Plt.

In August 2006, 1stSgt Vera was promoted to Staff Sergeant and assigned as the Platoon Sergeant of 2nd Plt, A Co, 4th LARBN, 4th MARDIV A Co. For the next three years he spent as part of 4th LAR BN in various billets from Scout Team Leader and Infantry Unit Leader until he became a LAV Crewman in 2009. After completing the 0313 MOS, he returned to 4th LAR BN as a Platoon Sergeant.

A Co was mobilized from June 2009 to August 2010, in support of Afghanistan Campaign from October 2009 to May 2010. During the deployment 1stSgt Vera severed as the Platoon Sergeant of 2nd Plt, A Co, 4th LARBN operating out of COP Tahgaz in the southern Helmand Province.

In February 2011 1stSgt Vera was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and continues serving in A Co 4th LARBN serving in billets of Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander and also filled in as the Company 1st from September 2011 to April 2012. In May of 2013, 1stSgt transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves.

In 2014, he returned as an individual mobilization augmentee in October 2014 as a Marine Tactics and Operations Group SNCO. A billet he held until October 2015 and at which time he returned to 4th MARDIV, 4TH LAR, Camp Pendleton, Ca as a LAV Crewman Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander and Company 1stSgt. He remained with 4th LAR until April 2017 after his selection to his current rank of 1stSgt.

On April 25th, 2017, 1stSgt Vera reported to his current assignment as the Production and Analysis Company 1st Sgt. On 1 October 2019, 1st Sgt Vera was reassigned as the Company 1st of Operations Company.

First Sergeant Vera’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and his service awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.