Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, USMC (Ret)
Member, TAPS Board of Directors
Sergeant Major Green retired in 2019 from the United States Marine Corps after thirty-six and a half years of active service. He is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, in November 1983. Upon graduation, he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class and reported to Hotel Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California, in March 1984 for duty as a field artillery cannoneer. He was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal in September 1984.
Lance Corporal Green reported to Okinawa, Japan in November 1985 and was assigned to Delta Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. He was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in March 1985 and sergeant in August 1986. He attended Nuclear Field Artillery School in October 1987 and earned the additional military occupational specialty of Field Artillery Nuclear Projectileman.
In May 1988, Sergeant Green reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to serve as the tower operator for Southern Impact Area Control, also known as Long Rifle. In April 1990 he returned to Parris Island as a drill instructor and served as a senior drill instructor and drill master during his time on the island. He was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant in July 1992.
In September 1992, Staff Sergeant Green reported to Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton for duty as a section chief. He deployed to Somalia with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), during Operation Restore Hope in 1993. Upon his return, he transferred to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, as the battery gunnery sergeant.
From July 1995 to August 1998, Staff Sergeant Green served as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Southern University and A&M College located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During this period, he was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant in January 1997.
Gunnery Sergeant Green assumed the duties as the battery gunnery sergeant for Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, in October 1998. He was promoted to first sergeant in December 2000.
First Sergeant Green reported to Bossier City, Louisiana, for Inspector-Instructor Duty with B Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, in April 2001 and deployed to South America in support of Operation United Americas (UNITAS) for seven months.
First Sergeant Green was promoted to Sergeant Major in April 2005 and reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton and conducted a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. In February 2007, Sergeant Major Green transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
He assumed the duties of the Sergeant Major for Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia in June 2008.
Sergeant Major Green assumed the post of Sergeant Major for Marine Corps Forces Europe/Marine Corps Forces Africa, Stuttgart, Germany, in August 2010, where he supported numerous theater security cooperation and noncommissioned officer development efforts with partner nations.
In June 2012, he returned to Camp Pendleton where he served as the I Marine Expeditionary Force Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Green was selected by the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford to be the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on January 20, 2015 and served under the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller and the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger.
Sergeant Major Green earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity and a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College. Sergeant Major Green co-authored the NATO Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Military Education Reference Curriculum and the DoD Task Force’s report “The Challenge and the Promise: Strengthening the Force, Preventing Suicide and Saving Lives” with Co-Chair Bonnie Carroll.
His personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. Sergeant Major Green serves as an Ambassador for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program.