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Sgt Maj. Alford L. McMichael
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
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Home Town: Hot Springs, Al
OCCUPATION: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael (pictured at left, Official USMC Photo) was named as the 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on June 4, 1999. A posting and relief ceremony with retiring Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Lewis G. Lee will take place June 28 at Marine Barracks Washington. He will become the first African American to hold the post since it was established in 1957.
Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael was born in
In 1974, McMichael returned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
Transferred to the 3rd Marine Division in 1978, he served as a
chief with 3rd Division Support Group. In
January 1979, McMichael received
orders to Marine Security Guard School and, upon completion of school,
assigned to the American Embassy in
In 1983 McMichael was assigned to the
After completing the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy
McMichael was assigned to
From August 1988 to May 1989, he served as the deputy director of the Staff NCO Academy, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif., and then as its director until May 1991, when he was assigned as the Sergeant Major of Officer Candidates School.
In January 1997, Sgt. Maj. McMichael was assigned to his current post as the Manpower and Reserve Affairs Sergeant Major, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Sergeant Major McMichael's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.