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Sergeant Major Petrakos bio

Sergeant Major Petrakos enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1992, graduating from MCRD, PISC in September 1992. After completion of Marine Combat Training and Infantry Training Battalion-East (ITB-E) he was assigned as an 0311 to 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC. During this tour he participated in two deployments (22nd MEU and UDP Okinawa) and was promoted to Corporal.

In September of 1995 Corporal Petrakos reported to Field Medical Service School where he served as a Troop Handler and Basic Infantry instructor for Navy Corpsman.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1997. 

In September 1998, Sergeant Petrakos graduated recruiters school and reported to RS Cincinnati, OH (later RS Charleston) and served as a canvassing recruiter with RSS South Columbus.  Sergeant Petrakos was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant in July 2000.

In 2002, Staff Sergeant Petrakos reported to 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA and served as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant for Fox Company. He participated in deployments with the 31st MEU and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II (OIF) in Ramadi, Iraq.

In 2005, Staff Sergeant Petrakos executed orders to Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA where he served as the Tactics Chief, Curriculum Developer, and Leadership evaluator. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in October 2005.

In 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Petrakos reported to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Fox Company and Headquarters and Service Company. During a deployment to Ramadi, Iraqi for OIF 08-02. After this deployment he was assigned as the Headquarters and Service Company Gunnery Sergeant and selected to First Sergeant in December 2008.

Upon his selection to First Sergeant, he was transferred to 3rd Battalion 6th Marines in February 2009, and served as the Company First Sergeant for Kilo Company. During this tour First Sergeant Petrakos participated in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), specifically the assault on Marjah, Afghanistan in 2010.

After deployment to OEF, First Sergeant Petrakos reported to Financial Management School, Camp Johnson, NC in November 2010. He served as the school First Sergeant until he volunteered to deploy as the Company First Sergeant for Alpha Company (Mechanized), 1st Battalion 2nd Marines, 24th MEU in March 2012.

In January 2013, First Sergeant Petrakos checked into ITB-E and served as the Company First Sergeant for Alpha Company and Headquarters and Instructor Company. In November 2014 he was selected to his present rank of Sergeant Major.

In December 2014, Sergeant Major Petrakos executed orders to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38, Miramar, CA and served as the Squadron Sergeant Major.

In October 2015, Sergeant Major Petrakos was ordered to Recruiting Station Cleveland, Ohio where he currently serves as the station Sergeant Major.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold Stars and combat distinguishing device, and the Combat Action ribbon with one gold star.