SgtMaj Frank J. Knox, USMC (Ret)

SgtMaj Frank J. Knox, USMC (Ret)

Committees: Governance Committee

Sergeant Major Knox enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1976 and graduated from recruit training in September 1977. His first assignment was Basic Warehouseman, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune North Carolina. In August 1978, he transferred to Marine Barracks, Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico and served as Security Guard, Marine Guard Detachment Sabana Seca Puerto Rico until 1981. Transferred to Headquarters Fleet Marine Force Pacific, Camp H.H. Smith Hawaii, he served as Warehouse Chief until 1984 when he reported to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines and served as Operations Chief of Batteries E and F. In December 1985 he reported to 3rd Battalion 12th Marines and served as Operations Chief of Battery I until January 1987 when reported to Target Acquisition Battery, 10th Marines and served as Target Processing Center Chief. He subsequently served as Radar Employment Chief until the deactivation and re-designation as Counter Battery Radar Platoon, Headquarters Battery, and 10th Marines until December of 1989. Sergeant Major Knox reported to Drill Instructor School Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina in January 1990 and subsequently served as Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Series Gunnery Sergeant with the First Recruit Training Battalion and later as Instructor, Drill Instructor School until August 1992. He then reported to 3rd Battalion 8th Marines and served as Platoon Sergeant, 81mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company until selection to First Sergeant whereupon he was transferred to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion 8th Marines and served as company first sergeant. In April 1995 Sergeant Major Knox reported to the Inspector-Instructor Staff, Military Police Company B(-) 4th FSSG, North Versailles Pennsylvania until selection to Sergeant Major in 1997. He then transferred to Recruiting Station, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he served as Sergeant Major until April 2000. Sergeant Major Knox assumed the duties as Sergeant Major, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, Marine Aircraft Group 26, and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. During this tour, the squadron was recognized by the Marine Corps Aviation Association as the 2001 Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the Year. In April 2002 Sergeant Major Knox assumed the duties as Sergeant Major 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned from an eight month deployment in October 2003, participating in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and humanitarian operations in support of Joint Task Force Liberia. Sergeant Major Knox assumed the duties as Sergeant Major, Training Command July 2004. Training Command consist of thirteen formal schools, fifty Marine Corps detachments and five Marine Aviation Training Support Groups. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of three awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars in lieu of four awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.. Sergeant Major Knox retired in July 2007 and currently is employed by Tapestry Solutions as a Military Analyst and Senior Mentor.

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