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Sergeant Major Alex M. Dobson Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Western Recruiting Region

Sergeant Maj. Alex M. Dobson was born in Frankfort, Ind., and upon graduating recruit training in 1990 was designated a field radio operator.  In 1991, Dobson received orders to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, where he served as a radio operator for the liaison section and subsequently served as the radio chief. In March 1992, he was promoted to meritoriously to corporal and was then assigned as the liaison section chief while in direct support of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.  During this period Dobson completed one Landing Force 6th Fleet deployment participating in Operation Provide Promise in the Adriatic Sea and Operation Support Democracy in Haiti.


In January 1994, Dobson was promoted to the rank of sergeant and at the end of that year was transferred to the School of Infantry where he served as a communications instructor to the Staff Noncommisioned Officer Academy as well as the range scheduler for SOI.  In the middle of 1995, he received orders returning him to the operating forces where he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.  During his time with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, he completed another LF6F deployment participating in Operation Quick Response and Operation Assured Response as the battery radio chief. 


Upon returning from deployment in 1996, Dobson received orders to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego to attend Drill Instructor School and was then assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, where he served as a drill instructor and senior drill Instructor and was promoted to staff sergeant in March 1998. 

After a successful tour on the drill field, in 2000 Dobson received orders to 2nd Force Service Support Group. He was assigned as the Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Manager for 2nd FSSG, responsible to the commanding general for all cryptographic hardware and software.


From January 2001 to March 2002, Dobson deployed as a member of JTF-160 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom conducting detainee operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant in April 2001. In February 2002, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 


Upon returning from deployment in May 2003, Dobson was assigned as the company first sergeant of Communication Company, where he stayed until August 2003, when he was assigned to be the company first sergeant of Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd FSSG.  In December 2003, Dobson was selected and subsequently frocked to the rank of first sergeant and remained in place at 2nd FSSG until November 2004, at which time he received orders to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division.  Upon his check-in, he was assigned as the Headquarters and Service Company first sergeant and subsequently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06 in March 2005. 


Upon his return, he received orders to the Inspector-Instructor Staff in Greensboro, North Carolina.  In May 2008, he was promoted to his current rank of sergeant major and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines. Dobson then received orders to Combat Logistics Battalion 6 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2010 to July 2010. Upon returning from deployment, he received orders to Marine Air Control Squadron – 2.  In May 2013, Sergeant Major Dobson deployed to the United Arab Emirates as the sergeant major of the Marine Corps Training Mission (MCTM – UAE.)  Upon returning from deployment, he was assigned as the sergeant major for Combat Logistics Regiment-25.


Sergeant Maj. Dobson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.