Sergeant Major, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown

Sergeant Major Mike Brown was born 30 May 1980, in Jacksonville, Florida (Duval County).  His Marine Corps career began on 27 September 1999 where he attended Recrui Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.  During that time, Private Brown was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class.  Following graduation, he attended the School of Infantry in Camp Geiger, NC and was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of 0311 Infantryman.

After graduation, he received orders to 1st Bn 1st Mar in Camp Pendleton, Ca.  From 2001 to 2002, PFC Brown deployed to the Western Pacific with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, (MEU).  Sadly, less than three weeks into deployment, tragedy struck on 9/11.  The Ship quickly set sail for Jacobabad, Pakistan.  As a Saw Gunner and Team Leader, he spent the next six months in Afghanistan as Task Force 58, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal and meritoriously promoted to Corporal during that time.  From 2003 to 2004, Corporal Brown deployed with the 13th MEU, 1st Expeditionary Strike Group to Iraq as a Squad Leader, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The last two months of that deployment were spent conducting security operations in Djibouti, Africa.  He was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant during that time.

After returning from Iraq in July 2004, Sgt Brown received orders to Drill Instructor School in Parris Island, SC class 4-04.  After graduation, he reported to Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion where he served four cycles as a green belt Drill Instructor, and four cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor.  He was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant during that time.

After a successful tour on the Drill Field, in 2007 SSgt Brown received orders to 1st Bn 3rd Mar in Kaneohe Bay, Hi.  From 2008 to 2009, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Platoon Commander.  From 2009 to 2010, SSgt Brown deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Jump Commander, (personal security detachment) for the Battalion Commander.  He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant during that time.

In 2011, GySgt Brown received orders to Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Va.  Upon graduation, he received orders to US Embassies Singapore and Vilnius, Lithuania, each for 18 months.  During these three years, GySgt Brown supported the visits of POTUS, VPOTUS, SecState, SecDef and many other dignitaries and Foreign Leaders.  In 2014, after a successful tour on MSG duty, GySgt Brown received orders to 2nd Bn 2nd Mar in Camp Lejeune, NC where he deployed with the Special Purpose MAGTF – Crisis Response – Black Sea Rotational Force as the Assist Operations Chief and the Company GySgt for H&S Company.  He was promoted to 1stSgt during that time.

In 2016, 1stSgt Brown received orders to 2nd Law Enforcement Bn where he spent a year before being FAP’d to Security Company as the Company 1stSgt for PMO.  After one year at PMO, 1stSgt Brown received orders to 2d Recon Battalion where he spent the next two years.  Once composited to the 22d MEU, 1stSgt Brown became the Maritime Raid Force 1stSgt with a collateral duty as the Command Element 1stSgt.  Throughout this time with Recon, he attended Army Airborne & SERE School and later deployed to the Middle East.  In 2019, 1stSgt Brown was selected to Sergeant Major and received orders to Parris Island, SC.  SgtMaj Brown is currently serving as the Third Recruit Training Battalion SgtMaj.  

He has been married to the former Mrs. Melanie Vaillancourt of Oakland, Ca. for over 20yrs.  They have two children; Drew Anthony, (an 0311 stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC with 3/2) and Aaliyah Rose, (15).

SgtMaj Brown is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 70.  His personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.