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8th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

1513 Desert Storm Road, Fort Worth, TX 76127
Unit Leaders
Sergeant Major Aaron G. McDonald

Sergeant Major, Recruiting Station Denver

Sgt. Maj. A.G. McDonald, Sgt. Maj. Recruiting Station Denver

Sergeant Major Aaron G. McDonald was born on 5 August 1977 in Dallas, Texas.  He entered the United States Marine Corps in June 1995 and graduated from Recruit Training in San Diego, California as the honor graduate, receiving a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal in September of 1995. 

 

Lance Corporal McDonald attended his MOS school at the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California where he earned the MOS of an Infantry Mortar Man.  Upon graduation, Lance Corporal McDonald was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Hawaii. 

 

Assigned to Weapons Platoon, Lance Corporal McDonald held such billets as Mortar Man, Squad Leader and Section Leader for 60mm Mortars while completing two Unit Deployments to Okinawa, Japan.  Additionally, Lance Corporal McDonald was promoted to Corporal and received a meritorious promotion to Sergeant in November of 1997. 

 

In September of 1998 Sergeant McDonald was transferred to Regimental Schools, 3rd Marine Regiment as an Instructor, Squad Leaders School.  During his assignment, Sergeant McDonald served as the Weapons Instructor and Call for Fires Instructor.  In April of 1998, Sergeant McDonald received orders to Drill Instructor’s School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. 

 

After graduation from Drill Instructor’s School, Sergeant McDonald was assigned to Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion.  While assigned to the Recruit Training Regiment, Sergeant McDonald served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for both 2nd Recruit Training Battalion and Support Battalion.  During his tour as a Drill Instructor, Sergeant McDonald received a meritorious promotion to Staff Sergeant and was recognized a Special Training Company’s Drill Instructor of the Year.  Upon completion of Drill Instructor duty, Staff Sergeant McDonald was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

 

Upon checking into 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Staff Sergeant McDonald was assigned to Company I, and served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant.  In March of 2004, Staff Sergeant McDonald was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.  Following his promotion, Gunnery Sergeant McDonald assumed the billet as the Weapons Platoon Sergeant and then Company Gunnery Sergeant for Company I.  During his tour with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Gunnery Sergeant McDonald deployed twice to Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  In March of 2005, Gunnery Sergeant McDonald received orders to become an instructor at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.    

 

While serving at the Academy, Gunnery Sergeant McDonald fulfilled such billets as an Instructor and Chief Instructor for the Advanced Course.  Gunnery Sergeant McDonald eventually became the Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Sergeant’s Course.  During his tour at the Academy Gunnery Sergeant McDonald was recognized as the Instructor of the Quarter and Instructor of the Year in 2005.  In January of 2007, Gunnery Sergeant McDonald was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

 

Upon checking into 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, First Sergeant McDonald was assigned to Weapons Company.  During his tenure at Weapons Company, First Sergeant McDonald deployed in support of Operation Iraqi freedom 06-08.  Shortly after returning from deployment First Sergeant McDonald received orders to Inspector Instructor Staff, Company B, 6th Motor Transportation Battalion, Lubbock, Texas.

 

In December of 2008, First Sergeant McDonald assumed the responsibilities of the Inspector Instructor First Sergeant and the Company First Sergeant for Company B.  During his tenure, First Sergeant McDonald trained and deployed Marines from Company B in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

 

In June of 2010, First Sergeant McDonald received orders to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton, California.  During his tenure at 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, First Sergeant McDonald served as the Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant and the Marine Special Operations Company B First Sergeant.  In September of 2011, First Sergeant McDonald deployed to Afghanistan as the Marine Special Operations Company 812 First Sergeant for Special Operations Task Force West, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan.

 

Following his deployment, First Sergeant McDonald was promoted to his present rank of Sergeant Major.  In July of 2012, Sergeant Major McDonald was assigned to his current post as the Recruiting Station Sergeant Major, 8th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region.

 

Sergeant Major McDonald’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and four gold stars (in lieu of fifth award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star (in lieu of second award) and the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star (in lieu of second award).

 

In 1997 Sergeant Major McDonald was married to the former Beth Reyna of Duncanville, Texas; they have two children together Danny and Katharine.