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MCRD Parris Island


MCRD Parris Island

Eastern Recruiting Region

"We Make Marines"
First Sergeant

1stSgt Ward was born on August 8, 1978 in LaGrange, G.A. He enlisted on July 3, 2001 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina 1stSgt Ward was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal for, being company honor graduate in recruit training. 1stSgt Ward attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, North Carolina where he graduated as the honor graduate.  After graduating from Marine Combat Training, 1stSgt Ward attended Basic Enlisted Supply School at Camp Johnson, North Carolina.


After graduation, Lance Corporal Ward was assigned to MCAS, MAG 31 Headquarters, in Beaufort, S.C. in December 2001. He was meritoriously promoted to corporal in May 2003. Corporal Ward then attended Corporal Course where he graduated honor graduate. In August 2004, Corporal Ward was meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant and requested orders to Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina.


Sergeant Ward then continued his tour on Parris Island 3d Recruit Training Battalion Lima Company. While carrying out his duty as a drill instructor Sergeant Ward was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant on March 1, 2008. Upon the completion of his tour of duty at Marine Corp Recruit Depot, Parris Island Staff Sergeant Ward received orders to the 2d Marine Logistic Group as the SNCOIC of General Account Platoon. Serving with, the 2d MLG, 2d Supply Battalion Staff Sergeant Ward was deployed to Iraq on February 2, 2009. On August 1, 2010 Staff Sergeant Ward was assigned to 2d Tank battalion as the Platoon Sergeant for Supply Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company.  


In March of 2011, Staff Sergeant Ward received orders to be a Faculty Advisor at the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2012. 1stSgt Ward held the billets of Faculty Advisor, Physical Training Instructor, SNCOIC and also became a Master Faculty Advisor while serving his duty at SNCOA.  Gunnery Sergeant Ward’s tour ended at the SNCOA and he received orders back to 2D Tank BN, 2d Marine Division.  Gunnery Sergeant Ward served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company and Co 1stSgt. 1stSgt Ward received orders to MCRD Parris Island, SC where he served as the Co 1stSgt of Company M.  1stSgt Ward currently serves as the Co 1stSgt of Drill Instructor School.


His decorations include the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism , Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (4th award), and the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon.


1stSgt Ward is married to retired 1stSgt Pettal Ward and they have five sons and one daughter .