1st Sgt. Robert L. Lytle is originally from Asheville, N.C., and graduated from Asheville City High School in May 1997.
Upon completion of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. in September 1997, Pfc. Lytle attended the School of Infantry, Infantry Rifleman’s Course at Camp Geiger, N.C. After completion of SOI in March 1998, he was transferred to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, for duty as an infantry rifleman. In December 1999, Lance Cpl. Lytle deployed to Okinawa, Japan, on the Unit Deployment Program. In February 2001, Sgt. Lytle deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit while serving with 1/8. 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 2001, Lytle attended the Summer Mountain Warfare School in Bridgeport, Calif. Upon completion of the Summer Mountain Leaders Course, Lytle received orders to Drill Instructor School in September 2001. Upon graduation, Lytle was assigned to India Company, 3rd 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. Lytle was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant during this tour of duty and held the billets of drill instructor for two cycles, experienced drill instructor for four cycles, and senior drill instructor for an additional two cycles.
In January 2005, Staff Sgt. Lytle was transferred to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, for duty as an infantry unit leader. While serving with 1/3 in January 2006, Lytle deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March 2007, Lytle deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lytle held the billets of platoon sergeant, platoon commander, and company gunnery sergeant while serving with 1/3.
During February 2008, Gunnery Sgt. Lytle received orders to Marine Combat Instructor School. Upon graduation, 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 leader course and the basic scout snipers course.
In January 2010, Lytle transferred to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit command element for duty at Camp Pendleton, Calif., 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, 1st Sgt. Lytle was given orders to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, where he served as detachment first sergeant for Detachments A and B and as the acting sergeant major. While serving with MWCS-38, Lytle deployed to Bahrain with Marine Aircraft Group 50 as the group sergeant major for seven months in support of OEF. Upon return from deployment, Lytle served as the MWCS-38 squadron sergeant major for an additional nine months.
In July 2014, Lytle received orders to Parris Island, S.C., for duty with 1st Recruit Training Battalion as a company first sergeant and is currently assigned as the first sergeant of Drill Instructor School.
1st Sgt. Lytle’s personal awards 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.
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