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Sergeant Major
SgtMaj S. R. HelmsSergeant Major S. R. Helms
Sergeant Major, MCI West-MCB Camp Pendleton


Sergeant Major Helms enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1985 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA in July 1986.  After completing M60A1 Tank School at Fort Knox, KY, Lance Corporal Helms was assigned to Marine Security Forces, Cuba. 

In 1987, Corporal Helms was transferred to Company A, 3rd Tank Battalion, Twentynine Palms, CA.  He was a Tank Commander during Operation DESERT SHIELD and Operation DESERT STORM.  In 1992, Sergeant Helms returned from deployment and served as an instructor at the Basic Armor School, Ft Knox, KY.  In 1995, Sergeant Helms was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC to serve as a Drill Instructor with 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.  Upon completion of Drill Instructor Duty in 1997, Staff Sergeant Helms was assigned to Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA as Platoon Sergeant and Company Master Gunner. 

In 2000, Gunnery Sergeant Helms reported to Company A, 4th  Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, LA to serve as an Inspector/Instructor.  First Sergeant Helms reported to Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (BLT 1/6), 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC in July 2003 where he deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  BLT 1/6 deployed again to Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In October 2006, Sergeant Major Helms assumed his Post as the Battalion Sergeant Major for 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion until transferring to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in May 2009, where he was later assigned as Sergeant Major for Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in July 2011.

Sergeant Major Helms’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device “V” and four gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star and Combat Action Ribbon with two gold stars. 

Sergeant Major Helms is married and has two sons. 






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