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Command Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Michael J. Pritchard

Sergeant Major Pritchard enlisted in the Marine Corps on 17 March 1992 and attended recruit training at MCRD Parris Island. After graduation he reported to Camp Geiger for Marine Combat Training and Fort Lee for follow on school and earned the MOS 1391.  PFC Pritchard then transferred to MWSS-171 in Iwakuni, Japan in November 1992.  There LCpl Pritchard deployed to Korea for Operation Team Spirit and was meritoriously promoted to Corporal and deployed to Thailand for Operation Cobra Gold and was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant.

Sgt Pritchard was transferred to CSSD-21 in Cherry Point, North Carolina in February 1996 and was assigned as the NCOIC for the Mobile Refueler Section. 

In July 1998, Sgt Pritchard was transferred to Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island and graduated as a distinguished graduate.  Upon graduation, he earned the MOS 8511 and then reported to Swim School where he became a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS) and earned the MOS 8563.  Sgt Pritchard then reported to Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion for duty as a Drill Instructor and was meritoriously promoted to SSgt in January 2000.   SSgt Pritchard was sent to Instructor Trainer School at Camp Johnson, North Carolina and became a Marine Combat Instructor Trainer of Water Survival (MCITWS).  After a year at the Combat Training Pool, SSgt Pritchard went back to Kilo Company to finish his last year as a Senior Drill Instructor.

In October 2001, SSgt Pritchard was transferred to H&HS, MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan and served as the Fuels Chief for Supply Division. SSgt Pritchard attended Crew Chief School and became a Crew Chief and an Instructor and earned the MOS 6247. While at H&HS, he was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.

In August 2004, he was once again transferred to MWSS-171 in Iwakuni, Japan and served as the Company First Sergeant for Airfield Operations Company.  In June 2005, he was transferred to MWSS-273, Beaufort, South Carolina and served as the Company First Sergeant for Airfield Operations Company.  He was selected to 1stSgt in December 2005 and was promoted in October 2006.

In October 2006, he was transferred to 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California and served as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, 5th Marines.  In January 2008, 1stSgt Pritchard deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-9/08-01 with Regimental Combat Team 5 in the Al Anbar Province for 13 months. 

In June 2009, he was transferred to CLC-36, Iwakuni, Japan for duty as the Company 1stSgt.  While at CLC-36, he participated in exercises Dragon Fire 2009 & 2010, PHIBLEX 10 & 11, Foal Eagle 2010 and Operation Tomodachi in 2011.  In November 2010, he was selected to SgtMaj.

SgtMaj Pritchard transferred to VMFA(AW)-242, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in April 2011 and was promoted to his present rank in July 2011.  While with VMFA(AW)-242 he participated in Geiger Fury, Habu Fury, Miyagi Fury and Cobra Gold.  In May 2013, SgtMaj Pritchard reported to Inspector - Instructor, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion for duty as the I-I SgtMaj and participated in numerous Battalion level exercises.

In April 2015, SgtMaj Pritchard was transferred to MAG 39 for duty.  In April 2017, SgtMaj Pritchard reported to 1st MAW for duty. While assigned to 1st MAW, SgtMaj Pritchard participated in numerous exercises throughout the Pacific Area of Operations.  In October 2019, SgtMaj Pritchard reported to Manpower Management Division for duty.  15 July 2021, SgtMaj Pritchard was posted as the Sergeant Major, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Marine Forces Command, and Marine Forces Northern Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sergeant Major Pritchard graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Management and Finance.  He graduated from Franklin Peirce University with a Master's Degree in Business Leadership.  His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and various other Service and Campaign medals.