Sergeant Major Daniel West
SgtMaj Daniel J. West enlisted into the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in January 1994. Upon graduation, Private West attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Pendleton, California before attending the Basic Helicopter Course (BHC) in Millington, Tennessee. After Graduating from BHC Private First Class (PFC) West challenged the Aircrew Candidate Course in Pensacola, Florida, subsequently passed and was designated as a basic Aircrewman before transferring to MCAS New River, North Carolina. In August of 1994 PFC West was assigned to HMMT-204 to attend the CH-46E Mechanics Course and subsequent Air Crewman’s Course before being designated as a CH-46E crew chief/6172 in May of 1995.
PFC West was promoted to Lance Corporal (LCpl) shortly after being assigned in April 1995 to HMM-162 in the flight line division as a crew chief. While assigned to HMM-162, LCpl West was promoted to Corporal (Cpl) and deployed with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the USS Guam in support of operations Joint Endeavor in former Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Assured Response in Liberia, Africa, and Quick Response in Bangui, Africa. Upon returning to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River Cpl West was reassigned to HMM-365.
During assignment to HMM-365, Cpl West was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) and deployed a second time with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the USS Nassau in support of operations Joint Endeavor in former Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Silverwake in Albania, and Guardian Retrieval in the Republic Of The Congo and Zaire, Africa. Upon returning to MCAS New River Sgt West supported unit training during (2) Combined Arms Exercises (CAX)29 Palms,CA Weapons and Tactics Instruction course(WTI) Yuma, AZ and a Puerto Rico detachment for training exercise before executing reassignment to Naval Aviation Depot Repair Facility (NADEP) Cherry Point as a test crew chief and assistant production officer.
While assigned to NADEP Cherry Point, Sgt West was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt). SSgt West worked in the Quality Assurance division as the assistant production line officer and CH-46E and D test crew chief. SSgt West also had the collateral duties as an ISO 9000 internal auditor and Quality Assurance Representative (QAR) for the NADEP production facility. In August of 2002, SSgt West was assigned to recruiter’s school.
Upon graduating from recruiter’s school, SSgt West was assigned to Recruiting Station Pittsburgh as a canvassing recruiter. After recruiting 89 new accessions and completing a successful tour, in 2005 SSgt West was reassigned to MCAS New River at HMM-365.
While assigned to HMM-365, SSgt West was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). As the Flight Line division chief GySgt West deployed with the 24 MEU in 2006 aboard the USS Iwo Jima in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the subsequent 24 MEU deployment in 2008 GySgt West was the Maintenance Control chief supporting combat operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Upon the squadrons redeployment to CONUS HMM-365 was re-designated as VMM-365 and GySgt West attended VMM-204 in January 2009 to be re-trained as a MV-22B crew chief/ MOS 6176.
Upon being re-designated as a MV-22B crew chief, GySgt West was reassigned to VMM-365 as the Flight Line division chief and subsequently deployed Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of combat operations. During the deployment GySgt West was selected for First Sergeant (1stSgt). Upon return from deployment 1stSgt West was assigned as the senior enlisted advisor Inspector-Instructor (I&I) El Paso, Texas.
1stSgt West was assigned to 2d Radio Battalion in 2013 where he filled the role of Company C, 1stSgt and Headquarters and Service senior enlisted advisor from 2014 to 2016 before being promoted and assigned to ITB, SOI-E in February 2016.
Sergeant Major Wests’ personal awards include the Air Medal with combat “V” and strike flight of 6, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three two gold stars in lieu of first, second and third award, as well as Combat Aircrew Wings and various other campaign and service awards.