3d Reconnaissance Battalion


3d Reconnaissance Battalion

3d Marine Division

Okinawa, Japan
Sergeant Major 3d Reconnaissance Battalion

Sergeant Major Michael R. Buckles

Sergeant Major Buckles began his career in June of 1993 by attending recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina.  Upon completion of all training schools, he transferred to MWSS-373 at MCAS El Toro, California as a Logistics Vehicle Systems (LVS) Operator.

In June of 1995, Lance Corporal Buckles transferred to 3d Support Bn, 3d MLG and assumed the same billet.  In June of 1996, Corporal Buckles transferred to MarCorDet, Ft Leonard Wood, MO and served as a Logistics Vehicle Systems instructor.  In November of 1999, Sergeant Buckles transferred back to Japan and was assigned to 3d Transportation Support Battalion, 3d MLG.  In October of 2000, Sergeant Buckles accepted Drill Instructor duty at MCRD Parris Island, and served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Company M, 3d Recruit Training Battalion.

In March of 2004, Staff Sergeant Buckles was assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He later returned and transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th MEU where he served as the Transportation Support Detachment Chief and Battalion Gunnery Sergeant.  While assigned he participated in two Western Pacific deployments and hurricane relief during Operation Katrina along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf coast.  In May 2009, 1stSgt Buckles returned to his birthplace and was assigned as the Battery and Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant for Battery I, 3d Battalion, 14th Marines in Allentown, PA where he performed our most solemn duty of caring for our fallen brethren and their survivors.  In August 2012, First Sergeant Buckles executed orders back to 3d MLG and was assigned as the Company First Sergeant, Regimental Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 35 and later assigned as the 3d Supply Battalion Sergeant Major.  In November of 2013 Sergeant Major Buckles was selected to his current grade and transferred to the 3d Marine Division for assignment as the 3d Reconnaissance Battalion Sergeant Major.        

Sergeant Major Buckles is a graduate of all the required Marine Corps enlisted PME schools and the U.S. Naval Senior Enlisted Academy.  Sergeant Major Buckles possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Strategic Leadership from the American Military University and an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Central Texas College.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.  Sergeant Major Buckles was also recognized as the 2011 Liberty USO Service Member of the Year and has won numerous program development awards in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for his dedication to enhancing community involvement through youth fitness programs.