Marine Corps Air Station Hawaii
Sergeant Major Eric L. Sheppard
United States Marine Corps
Eric Sheppard graduated from Troup High School in LaGrange, GA in June 1993. He reported to MCRD Parris Island, SC in August that same year. Upon graduation of recruit training in October 1993, he reported to Marine Combat Training (MCT), at the School of Infantry East, Camp Geiger, NC. Private First Class (PFC) Sheppard graduated MCT and reported to Basic Welders School in January 1994, and was assigned the MOS of 1316, Fabricator.
Private First Class Sheppard reported to his first duty station with 8th Engineers Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. He served as bridge repair man during Operation Purple Haze and JTF 160 from May of 1994 until March of 1996. In April of 1996, he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was attached to the Mine Field maintenance section. While deployed, Corporal Sheppard participated in two operations: Operation Keep Safe and Operation Migration.
Corporal Sheppard reported to Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island, SC in April 1997. He graduated DI School and was assigned to India Company, 3RD Recruit Training Battalion. During his tour, he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.
In May of 2000, Sergeant Sheppard reported to 2nd Maintenance Battalion to serve as a Platoon Sergeant, Maintenance Chief and Company Gunnery Sergeant. In January 2002, he promoted to Staff Sergeant. In January 2003 SSgt Sheppard deployed with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistic Group (MLG) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Bridge Commander for Bridge Assault Battalion, Alpha detachment. He returned from deployment in September 2003.
In October 2003 SSgt Sheppard reported to 3RD Material Readiness battalion, 3RD MLG, Okinawa, Japan. where he served as the Maintenance Chief, Company Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant. He was selected to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2005.
In April 2006, Gunnery Sergeant Sheppard reported to NROTC Unit Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas for duty as Assistant Marine Officer Instructor. In March of 2009, he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.
In April 2009, First Sergeant Sheppard reported to 1st Battalion 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division for duty as the Company First Sergeant of Company D, 1st Battalion 9th Marines. During this time he deployed with the battalion as the Battalion Landing Team 1/9 on the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. As the Company First Sergeant, he was also the Senior Enlisted Leader aboard the USS Ashland, participating in the humanitarian relief for Haiti during the 2010 Earthquake.
In February 2011, First Sergeant Sheppard received order to the School of Infantry East and served as the Company First Sergeant, Company D, Infantry Training Battalion and Company L, Headquarters and Support Battalion. He was selected to Sergeant Major in November 2013 and received orders to report to 3RD Battalion 3RD Marines, 3RD Marine Division, in Kaneohe Bay, HI. In 2014 SgtMaj Sheppard received orders and is currently serving as the MCAS, MCBH SgtMaj.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of 2nd award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of 2nd award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.