7th Communication Battalion Sergeant Major
First Sergeant Meshach S. Barkley
First Sergeant (1stSgt) Barkley was born in Tallahassee, Florida and raised in his hometown of Quincy, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June of 2000. Attending recruit training in Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. He attended MOS school for 3531 in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri reported for duty to Marine Corps Base Camp Fuji, Japan in December 2000.
First Sergeant Barkley proceeded to Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia on January 2003. Selected to serve at a High Critical Intelligence post, he was assigned to American Embassy Beijing, China in March 2003 and in August 2004, was assigned to the American Embassy Lisbon, Portugal.
In January 2006, he was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, where he deployed to Iraq in September of 2006 and September of 2008, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
First Sergeant Barkley received orders to Drill Instructor School in October 2009. He was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and subsequently was selected to serve as an Instructor at Drill Instructor School.
First Sergeant Barkley was transferred to 1st Marine Division G-4, in March of 2013, where he served as the Road Master and Unit Movement Control Coordinator. In September of 2013, he was relocated to 1st Marine Division, Headquarters Battalion, Truck Company.
First Sergeant Barkley reported for duty to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in January 2017. In January 2017, he chopped to Battalion Landing Team 1/5 where he deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and additionally served as the Company C First Sergeant with 1st LAR.
In September 2018, First Sergeant Barkley reported to 7th Communication Battalion and took part in the activation of Defensive Cyberspace Operations-Internal Defensive Measures Company where he served as Company 1stSgt, until being assigned to Service Company. Currently, First Sergeant Barkley is serving in the capacity of Battalion Sergeant Major for 7th Communications Battalion.
First Sergeant Barkley’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 3rd award and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 1 gold star in lieu of 2nd award.
First Sergeant Barkley is married to the former Myya White and has three kids. Aniya, Mikel, and Meshach Jr.