Michael J. Hendges
Memorial Day Ceremony Speaker
Big Bear Lake Veterans Park
of 1997 Hendges transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot for duty as a Drill
Instructor with Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. In June of 1998 he was promoted to the rank
of Staff Sergeant and reassigned to HQ Company 3rd RTBn for duty as
the Battalion Drill Master. In January
of 2000 he was reassigned to Kilo Company for duty as a Series Gunnery
Sergeant. Sergeant Hendges was
meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in January of 2001.
January of 2001 he transferred to India Battery, 3rd Battalion 10th
Marines 2nd Marine Division for duty as a Battery Gunnery Sergeant.
In February of 2003 while assigned to I 3/10 he deployed to Iraq in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
of 2004 he transferred to Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion 10th
Marines, 2nd Marine Division for duty as the Battery First
Sergeant. In February of 2004 while
assigned to G 2/10 he deployed with 22 MEU to Afghanistan in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom. He was
promoted to First Sergeant on 1 August 2004.
First Sergeant was transferred in May of 2005, to Headquarters
and Service Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd
Marine Division for duty as the Company First Sergeant. In December of 2005 he transferred to Delta
Company, 2nd AA Bn for duty as a Company First Sergeant.
In March of 2006 while assigned to Company D he deployed to
Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV.
In March of 2007 he transferred to Charlie Company, 2nd
AA Bn for duty as a Company First Sergeant. Again in August of 2007 Sergeant Hendges
transferred to Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry
West, Camp Pendleton for duty as a Company First Sergeant.
He was promoted to Sergeant Major April of 2008 and soon
after in June of 2008, Sergeant Major Hendges transferred to Marine Wing
Support Squadron 372, Camp Pendleton for duty as Squadron Sergeant Major.
In September of 2009 while assigned to MWSS 372 he deployed
to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 09.2.
In February of 2011 he transferred to Combat Logistics
Battalion 1, Camp Pendleton for duty as Battalion Sergeant Major. In October of 2011 while assigned to CLB-1 he
deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.2.
Battalion Sergeant Major Hendges transferred in June of
2012 to Combat Logistics Regiment 3, Camp Foster, Okinawa for duty as
Regimental Sergeant Major. In June of 2014 he transferred to 3d Marine
Logistics Group, Camp Kinser, Okinawa for duty as the Group Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Hendges, in May of 2016 transferred to
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California for duty as the
MAGTFTC / MCAGCC Sergeant Major.
decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd
award), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 Combat Distinguishing
Devices (5th award), Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (2nd
award), Good Conduct medal (8th award), Sea Service Deployment
ribbon (10th award) and the Drill Instructor ribbon.