First Sergeant Robert
Lytle enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 10, 1997 and shipped to Marine Corps
Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina in September of 1997. He graduated
from H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion on December 19, 1997. Private First
Class Lytle attended the School of Infantry (SOI), Infantry Rifleman’s Course
at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. After completion of SOI in March 1998, he
was transferred to First Battalion, Eighth Marines (1/8), 2d
Marine Division (2D MARDIV), for duty as an Infantry Rifleman (0311). While
serving with 1/8, in December 1999 Lance Corporal Lytle Deployed to Okinawa,
Japan on the Unit Deployment Program (UDP).
In February of 2001, Sergeant Lytle deployed with the 22nd Marine
Expeditionary Unit (MEU) while serving with 1/8. Sergeant Lytle held the billets of Team
Leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant while serving with 1/8.
Upon his return from the 22nd MEU in
July of 2001, Sergeant Lytle attended the Summer Mountain Warfare School in
Bridgeport, California. Upon completion
of the Summer Mountain Leaders Course, Sergeant Lytle received orders to Drill
Instructor School in September of 2001.
Upon graduation, Sergeant Lytle was assigned to Company I, Third Recruit
Training Battalion. He served as a drill
instructor for five platoons and a senior drill instructor for an additional
three platoons before being transferred.
Sergeant Lytle was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant during this
tour of duty and held the billets of Drill Instructor for six cycles, and
Senior Drill Instructor for an additional two cycles producing five honor
platoons from eight training cycls.
In January 2005, Staff Sergeant Lytle
was transferred to First Battalion, Third Marines (1/3), Third Marine Division
(3D MARDIV), Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for duty as an Infantry Unit
Leader (0369). While serving with 1/3
in January 2006, Staff Sergeant Lytle deployed to Afghanistan in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In March of 2007, Staff Sergeant Lytle deployed
to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Staff Sergeant Lytle held
the billets of Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander, and Company Gunnery Sergeant
while serving with 1/3.
During February 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Lytle
received orders to Marine Combat Instructor School. Upon graduation, Gunnery Sergeant Lytle
received orders to Advanced Infantry Training Battalion for duty as a Combat
Instructor. He served as Chief Instructor
Staff Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge and Director of the Infantry Squad
Leaders Course and the Basic Scout Snipers Course.
In January 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Lytle
transferred to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element for duty at Camp
Pendleton, California and served as Operations Chief and Civil Military Affairs
Chief for nine months before being selected to the rank of First Sergeant.
After his selection, First Sergeant Lytle
was given orders to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 (MWCS-38), where he
served as Detachment First Sergeant for Detachments A and B and as the acting
Sergeant Major. While serving with MWCS-38, First Sergeant Lytle deployed to
Bahrain with Marine Aircraft Group 50 (MAG-50) as the GROUP Sergeant Major for
seven months in support of OEF. Upon
return from deployment, First Sergeant Lytle served as the MWCS-38 Squadron
Sergeant Major for an additional nine months.
In July 2014, First Sergeant Lytle
received orders to Parris Island, South Carolina for duty with First Recruit
Training Battalion for duty as a Company First Sergeant and is currently assigned
as the First Sergeant of Drill Instructor School.
First Sergeant Lytle’s decorations
include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
2 gold stars in lieu of 3rd award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal 1 gold star in lieu of 2nd award. He also graduated with honors from
American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice
and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Development.
First Sergeant Lytle is married to the former
Michele Tapia and has three children Robert III, NaLeCo and Leilani.