Marine Corps Air Station Hawaii
Sergeant Major Eric J. Jazak
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Eric Jazak, a native of Hartford, WI graduated from MCRD San Diego in October 1994 as a Private First Class. He attended Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA prior to proceeding to NAS Millington, TN for training as a Basic Aircraft Mechanic. He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in January, 1995 and transferred to Marine Aviation Training Group, HMT-303, MCAS Camp Pendleton for training as an Airframe and Hydraulic Technician on H-1 Huey and Cobra light attack helicopters.
Lance Corporal Jazak was assigned to the Airframes Division, Helicopter Marine Light Attack Squadron-369 (HMLA), Marine Aircraft Group-39 (MAG) in summer of 1995. He deployed with the unit deployment program (UDP) to Okinawa, Japan and attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Air Combat Element (ACE) with HMM-265 “Dragons” (REIN). He returned to Camp Pendleton with HMLA-369 in 1996, was promoted to the rank of Corporal and immediately transferred to HMLA-267 “Stingers”, MAG-39. In late 1996, he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant and deployed once again to Okinawa assigned to HMM-265 (REIN), 31st MEU. In January 1999, he attached to HMM-364 “Purple Foxes” in El Toro, CA for deployment with the 13th MEU (WESTPAC).
Sergeant Jazak reattached to the HMLA-267 in spring of 1999 and attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course at Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron (MAWTS)-1, MCAS Yuma, AZ. Sergeant Jazak was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and reenlisted with a Lateral Move as a primary UH-1 Huey Crew Chief. He deployed in December 2000 to Okinawa, Japan with HMLA-267 where he supported various operations throughout Japan and South Korea.
Staff Sergeant Jazak was selected and transferred to NAS Patuxent River, MD in August 2001 to be the lead air crewman for developmental and operational test and evaluation for the H-1 Upgrades Program. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2004 and in 2005; he was assigned to HMLA-269 “Gunrunners” MAG-26 in New River, NC for deployment in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He supported major operations such as OPERATION MATADOR and STEEL CURTAIN in western Al Qaim, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Staff Sergeant Jazak returned to the H-1 Operational Test Team and deployed to NAS China Lake, CA in fall of 2005. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery prior to assignment to Experiment Test Squadron VX-9 as the Maintenance Chief and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Operational Test Detachment, H-1 Upgrades Program. Upon completion of the initial test and evaluation period, Gunnery Sergeant Jazak returned to NAS Patuxent River, MD until January 2007 where he was reassigned to be the SNCOIC of the Tactical Training Unit (TTU), MAG-39 Camp Pendleton, CA.
Gunnery Sergeant Jazak deployed in summer 2007 with HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He returned to Camp Pendleton and immediately redeployed again to VX-9, NAS China Lake, CA as the Maintenance Chief and Enlisted Operational Test Director for the second test period of the H-1 Upgrade Program. In 2008 he returned to MAG-39 TTU until he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.
In May, 2009, First Sergeant Jazak was assigned as Company First Sergeant, Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He supported major operations such as; Operation COBRA, NEW DAWN, TOR SHEZEDA, and EASTERN ENDEAVOR throughout eastern Marjeh and the Upper Sangin River Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He returned stateside and was reassignment as Company First Sergeant for Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
In June, 2010 First Sergeant Jazak was reassigned as Company First Sergeant, Marine Special Operations Company C, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. He deployed in 2012 as the Task Force-813 First Sergeant, Special Operations Task Force-West, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In Summer 2013, First Sergeant Jazak was reassigned as Inspector and Instructor First Sergeant, 4th Force Reconnaissance Co (-), Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major in January 2014 and reassigned to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Sergeant Major Jazak’s personal decorations and insignia include; the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal with Strike Flight numeral 6, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing device in lieu of 4th award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Stars in lieu of 5th award, Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Wings and Combat Aircrew Wings.