Sergeant Major Aaron G. McDonald began his current assignment as the United States Marine Corps Forces Europe/Africa Command Senior Enlisted Leader 8 July 2020. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1995 and was meritoriously promoted to the ranks of Lance Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant.
Assignments in the operating forces include: Mortar Man and Section Leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Platoon Sergeant and Weapons Platoon Sergeant, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Company First Sergeant, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Company First Sergeant, Company B, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Battalion Sergeant Major, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Regimental Sergeant Major, Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Command Senior Enlisted Leader Joint Task Force North, United States Northern Command.
Assignments in the supporting forces include: Squad Leader’s School Instructor, Regimental Schools, 3rd Marine Regiment. Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Instructor and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, Camp Lejeune. Inspector Instructor First Sergeant, Company B(-), 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group. Recruiting Station Sergeant Major, Recruiting Station Denver, 8th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region.
Deployments and Operations include: Unit Deployment Program, Okinawa 1996-97, Operation Foal Eagle, Republic of Korea 1997, Unit Deployment Program, Okinawa 1998. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Afghanistan 2003. Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 76 OEF Afghanistan, 2004. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 06-08, Iraq 2007. Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) Afghanistan, 2011-12.
Military/Civilian Education: Corporal’s Leadership Course; Squad Leader’s Course; Helicopter Rope Suspension Trainer’s Course; Drill Instructor’s School, Martial Arts Instructor’s Course; High Risk Personnel Course; Staff Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy (Sergeant-Advance Course); Formal Schools Instructor’s Course; Curriculum Developer’s Course; Advanced Warfighting Skills Course; First Sergeant’s Course; Senior Enlisted Legal Course; Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course; National Defense University (NDU); Senior Enlisted PME, Marine Corps University (MCU); Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) Level C Course; Airborne Course; Special Operations Senior Enlisted Course, Joint Special Operations University (JSOU); Recruiting Management Course; Sergeants Major Course, MCU; Enterprise Management Course, JSOU; Summit, JSOU; Joint Special Operations Task Force Course, JSOU; and Senior Enlisted Joint PME II, NDU. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Management from American Military University and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston.
Personal Awards Include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal x 2, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device x 5, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal x 2, and the Combat Action Ribbon x 2.