7TH COMMUNICATION BATTALION
JOE N. WILBORN JR.
First Sergeant Wilborn was born on 11 December 1970 in Lambert, Mississippi. He first enter the Armed Forces in August of 1990 after enlisting in the United States Army. During his time in the Army he served in both Operations’ Desert Storm and Desert Shield, as well as numerous joint exercises with the Artic Light Infantry Brigade aboard Fort Richardson, Anchorage Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1994. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November of 1997 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. While attending Marine Combat Training (MCT) he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. He attended his formal MOS school at Fort Leonard wood and obtained the MOS 3533 as a vehicle operator where he graduated as the class leader. In July of 1998 he received orders to 3D Support Battalion, 3D FSSG, Okinawa, Japan where he served as a heavy wheeled vehicle section leader and instructor for the M970 Refueler Course. He was promoted to Corporal in October of 1998.
In June 1999 Corporal Wilborn reported to Headquarters Service & Support Battalion, 2D FSSG, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as the NCOIC with the G-4 Motor Transport section. He was promoted to Sergeant in December of 1999. In October of 2000 he was transferred to the G-3 Logistical Movement Control Center (LMCC), as the 2D FSSG Road Master and the Unit Movement Control Coordinator.
In January of 2002 Sgt Wilborn volunteered for Drill Instructor duty aboard Parris Island, South Carolina. There he served as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Delta Company, First Recruit Training Battalion and Physical Conditioning Platoon, Support Battalion. He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in July of 2003.
In April of 2005 Staff Sergeant Wilborn reported to MWSS 171, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan where he held the billets of Company Gunnery Sergeant and Motor Transport Operations Chief with Truck Company. In August of 2007 he assumed the billet of Company First Sergeant of Engineer Operations Company. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in December 2007.
In May 2008 Gunnery Sergeant Wilborn volunteered for Assistant Marine Officer Instructor duty (AMOI) and served as the AMOI at Southern University A&M College where he also completed three summers as a Sergeant Instructor at Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Va. In September 0f 2011 upon successful completion of his tour as AMOI he reported to Headquarters Battalion, Second Marine Division aboard Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as the Motor Transport Operations Chief. In May 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan with CLB-8 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group (R4OG) as the Company First Sergeant. In 2014 he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and requested orders to MCRD Parris Island, SC. He served as Company First Sergeant of both India and Kilo Company with Third Recruit Training Battalion. In April 2016 he was transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion aboard MCRD Parris Island and assume the duties of Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company. In March 2017 he reported to III Marine Headquarters group, Okinawa Japan and assume the duties of Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, 7th Communication Battalion.
First Sergeant Wilborn is married to the former Mrs. Brenda H. Hatchell of Richlands, North Carolina and have three children.
First Sergeant Wilborn’s personal awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Southwest Asia Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Medal, NATO Medal (ISAF), and various unit certificates.