Sergeant Major, III Marine Expeditionary Force
Sergeant Major Michael P. Woods is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California; completed Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, California; and was assigned the military occupational specialty of 1812 at the Basic M1A1 Tank Crewman’s Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Sergeant Major Woods served as a tank driver and loader with Company B, 2d Tank Battalion. He deployed as a tank gunner with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and participated in Operations DECISIVE ENDEVOUR, SILVER WAKE, and GUARDIAN RETRIVAL. He deployed as a tank commander with BLT 3d Battalion, 6th Marines and participated in Operations JOINT GUARD and SOUTHERN WATCH/DESERT THUNDER. He deployed twice as a tank platoon sergeant; participating in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM 1 and 4-6/5-7. He served as a Company Gunnery Sergeant, First Sergeant, and intermittently as an acting tank platoon commander in 2d Tank Battalion.
As a First Sergeant he deployed to Afghanistan with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10-1 in Company K and Headquarters and Service Company. As a Sergeant Major he deployed with BLT 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; again with 2d Battalion, 7th Marines to Afghanistan to participate in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12-2/13-1; and as the Sergeant Major of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa 15-2. He also served as the Sergeant Major of 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, the 6th Marine Regiment, the 2d Marine Division, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.
Sergeant Major Woods additionally served as a Marine Security Guard in Rangoon Burma; Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Water Survival Section in Parris Island, South Carolina; and First Sergeant of Company B, Marine Barracks Washington D.C.
Sergeant Major Woods is slated to serve as the Sergeant Major of III Marine Expeditionary Force.
His personal decorations include; Legion of Merit with one gold star; Bronze Star Medal with “V” and one gold star; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” and one gold star; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with “V” and two gold stars; and the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star. Sergeant Major Woods and his wife Jenifer have four children and a grandchild.