By Cpl. Joshua Young, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Sgt. Maj. Randall Carter finished his post as the I Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command sergeant major during a base ceremony Friday.
Carter was awarded a Legion of Merit for his honorable service and retired during the ceremony. He transferred his post to Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green.
“Sgt. Maj. Carter has boundless energy,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, the commanding general of the two units. ”His contributions at the MEF here did not take a back seat to the grinding traveling schedule this job takes on board. I couldn’t have been more happy to have worked with him for these past years.”
The Brooklyn-raised sergeant major, who was joined by his wife, Linda, during the ceremony, completed 33 years in the Marine Corps. He served in many operations over the course of his career, including Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Vigilant Resolve.
“Marines, you’re the tip of the spear,” Carter said. “I’ll leave today as a proud and humble sergeant major, knowing that I served with some great warriors. Continue the legacy of the blue diamond. Godspeed and Semper Fidelis.”
Green began his career in 1983 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He transferred from Marine Corps Forces Europe and Marine Corps Forces Africa as the Force Sergeant Major to take on his new billet. Green was selected to the rank of sergeant major in 2004. He moved quickly up the ranks in his early career, having been meritoriously promoted four times.
Green is excited and eager to put his best foot forward with I MEF and MARCENT and serve the Marines and their families over the next few years.
“I am truly honored,” Green said. “It’s truly a privilege. I’m humbled to take this position. I look forward to serving with you here and wherever that flag goes in the Marine Corps.
Green, his replacement, was assigned as the Marine Forces Europe sergeant major from August 2010 to May 2012. His previous assignments include duties at Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.