Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay
Sergeant Major Leon S. Parker
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Parker is from Tampa, Florida and graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High school in May of 2000. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2000 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island in November 2000.
Private Parker graduated from boot camp in February of 2001. He then attended Marine Combat Training in route to military occupational specialty (MOS) school. In April of 2001, he checked into Marine Corps Communication and Electronic School (MCCES) 29 Palms, California for MOS school. During this time, he obtained the ranks of Private First Class and Lance Corporal while completing Basic Electronics Course and Radar Aviation School, earning the MOS 5942: Radar Repairman.
In May of 2002, Lance Corporal Parker checked into Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 2, Cherry Point, North Carolina. In June of 2003, he was transferred to MACS-24, Virginia Beach, Virginia where he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal in March of 2004. Soon after, he attended the residents Corporals Course in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Combat Marksmanship Course in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In June of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and attended resident Sergeants Course in Quantico, Virginia in September of the same year.
In April of 2006, Sergeant Parker reported back to MCCES, 29 Palms, California where he completed Intermediate Electronics Course and Radar Aviation Technician School to obtain the follow-on MOS 5948: Radar Technician. After graduating technician school, he was assigned to MCCES as an instructor. During this time, he obtained Basic and Senior Instructor qualifications. Sergeant Parker was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in July of 2008. In September of the same year, he attended the resident Career Course in Camp Pendleton, California where he graduated as the Honor Graduate.
In July of 2009, Staff Sergeant Parker reported to Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, Staff Sergeant Parker completed Martial Arts Instructor Course. Staff Sergeant Parker was then assigned to 3d Recruit Training Battalion, Mike Company as a Drill Instructor. During his tour at MCRD San Diego, Staff Sergeant Parker completed four cycles as a Drill Instructor, three cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor, and served as the Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (SNCOIC) of the Martial Arts Training Facility. While serving as the SNCOIC of the Martial Arts Section, Staff Sergeant Parker completed the Martial Arts Instructor Trainer (MAIT) Course in Quantico, Virginia. In November of 2013, Staff Sergeant Parker was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
In January of 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Parker reported to MACS-4 Okinawa, Japan to serve as the Radar Maintenance SNCOIC. In March of the same year, he attended the resident Advanced Course, at Camp Hansen. In November, he was transferred to Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18) to serve as the Group Training Officer. In November of 2014, he was selected to serve as the SNCOIC for the MACG-18 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Detachment where he completed two patrols with the 31st MEU. During his tour on Okinawa, Gunnery Sergeant Parker obtained a 2nd Degree MAIT Black Belt.
Gunnery Sergeant Parker was promoted ton December 23, 2015 and checked into 2d Battalion 7th Marines in February of 2016. He served as the Company F, First Sergeant for two deployments. His battalion deployed from April 2016 to October 2016 and again from October 2017 to April 2018 in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Central Command. In June of 2018 he was assigned as the Director of the College of Enlisted Military Education, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Sergeant Major Parker was promoted to his current rank on June 28, 2021 and checked into Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay on July 12, 2021.
Sergeant Major Parker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology and a Master of Science in Management with a specialty in Project Management. His Personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal in lieu of second award. Sergeant Major Parker is married to the former Taryn Ito and they have one son, Tyson and one daughter Jayden.