Master Gunnery Sergeant Frank Herbert enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988 and completed Recruit Training in San Diego, California. Upon graduation, he reported to Fort Knox Kentucky, where he was trained as a M60A1 tank crewman, and was assigned to 3rd Tank Battalion, 7th MEB, 29 Palms, California. While assigned to 3rd Tank Battalion, MGySgt Herbert deployed in August 1990 to Desert Shield/Storm with Task Force Ripper. After returning to CONUS, he transitioned to the M1A1. During his tour, he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal, and served in all levels of tank crewman, to include loader, driver, gunner, Tank Commander, Section Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. In June 1992, MGySgt Herbert was assigned to 1st Armored Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Div, Okinawa, Japan as the Armor Liaison. While in Okinawa, he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant. He served as assistant Operations Chief, Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, Forward Observer, and participated in Operation Team Spirit, ROK. Returning to CONUS in 1993, MGySgt Herbert was assigned to 1st Tank Bn, where he served as Tank Commander, Section Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. In 1995, MGySgt Herbert was assigned to Marine Detachment Fort Knox, Kentucky for instructor duty. During his tour at Fort Knox, MGySgt Herbert served as Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, and Curriculum Developer. He also completed Master Gunner School, and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In 1998, he was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd MarDiv. While with 2nd Tank Battalion, MGySgt Herbert served as Company Master Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander, as well as Battalion Master Gunner. During this time he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. In 2000, MGySgt Herbert was assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Company, Bangor, Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific. During this time he served as Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander, and Training Officer. In 2003 he was assigned to 2nd Tank Bn. During his tour, MGySgt Herbert served as Tank Leader for Alpha Company, where he twice deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and during which he was promoted to Master Sergeant. MGySgt Herbert was then assigned as the Battalion Logistics Chief and Battalion Operations Chief, where he was subsequently promoted to his current rank, and assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky as the Marine Detachment Staff Non- Commissioned Officer In-Charge. MGySgt Herbert’s awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device and Gold Star in lieu of 3rd award, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of 4th award, Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and several campaign and service awards.
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