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Master Sergeant Fletcher Bio

  • Master Sergeant Melvin T. Fletcher

     

    MOS 2111-Small Arms Weapons Repairman

    MOS 5814-Physical Security Specialist

    MOS 2181-Ordance Chief

    MOS 8411-Marine Recruiter

     

    Last Active Duty Billet Held: 

     

    2111 MOS Course Manager, SMI, and Curriculum Developer, 2nd Platoon

    Marine Corps Detachment, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland

     

    Hometown:  Tompkinsville, KY

     

    College:  Liberty University Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice  

     

    Family Members:   

    Adriane L. Fletcher (wife)

    Nigel T. Fletcher (son)

    Zicarria L. Anderson (daughter)

     

    Date of Retirement:  30 April 2008

     

    Date joined Butler High School: 15 September 2008

     

    Previous Duty Stations:

    2002-2003, 6th MCD, RS Montgomery, AL, Officer Selection Office

                                        Billet – Officer Selection Assistant

     

    2000-2002, 6th Marine Corps District, RS Montgomery, AL, RSS Tuscaloosa, AL

                                        Billet – Recruiting Station NCOIC

                                        Previous – Canvassing Recruiter

     

    1998-2000, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA  

                                        Billet – Armory Chief

                                                     Battery Gunny

     

    1997-1998, MWSS-272, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Iwakuni Japan

                                        Billet – Armory NCOIC

     

    1993-1997, 4th Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Bessemer, AL

                                        Billet – Armory Chief

     

    1992-1993, Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron-18, 1st MAW, Okinawa Japan

                                        Billet – Armory NCOIC

     

    1990-1992, Communication Squadron 28, Detachment Bravo, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

                        New River, NC

                                        Billet – Armory Chief

     

    1988-1990, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC

                                        Billet – Armorer

     

    1987-1988, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC

                                        Billet – Armorer

     

    1986-1987, MCRD Parris Island, 2111 MOS School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

                                        Billet – Recruit / Student

     

    Decorations:

    -Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal x 3

    -Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon

    -Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

    -Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal x 6

    -National Defense Medal x2

    -South West Asia Service Medal

    -Sea Service Deployment Ribbon x 5

    -Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

    -Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

    -Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

    -Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

    Master Sergeant Fletcher was born on May 4, 1967 in Elizabeth Town, KY.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 4, 1986.  Graduating MCRD, Parris Island SC, he received orders to report to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD to attend the 2111 MOS School for Small Arms Weapon Repair.  Upon Graduating from the Small Arms Repairman Course, He received orders to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines were he served as a weapons repair technician from May 1987 to May 1988.  During his tour with 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, he participated in two deployments, including one deployment while temporarily assigned to 2nd Battalion 4th Marines.  After exchanging colors with 2/6, Corporal Fletcher remained in place as the weapons tech for 2/8 from May 1998 to June 1990.  In June 1990 Corporal Fletcher received orders to report to Communication Squadron 28, Detachment-B, New-River, NC where he served as the Detachment Weapons Tech from June 1990 to August 1992.  During his tour with Detachment-B, Corporal Fletcher deployed to Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. 

    Upon returning from deployment Corporal Fletcher received orders to report to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron-18, Okinawa Japan where he served as the Armory NCOIC.  After that one year tour with MTACS-18, Sergeant Fletcher reported to Inspector/Instructor Staff, 4th Battalion 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Bessemer, AL  for duty as the Armory NCOIC from August 1993 to January 1997.  During this tour Sergeant Fletcher also served as the Battalion Maintenance Management Chief, Substance Abuse Control Officer, and Commander of the Color Guard.  He participated in countless funeral details and was the spokesman for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign.  In January 1997 Sergeant Fletcher reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron-272, Iwakuni Japan where he served as the Armory NCOIC from January 1997 to February 1998.  After that one year tour Sergeant Fletcher then reported to 1st Battalion 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA where he served and the Armory Chief and the Battery Gunny from February 1998 to March 2000.

    In March 2000 SSgt Fletcher received orders and proceeded to report to Recruiter School at MCRD San Diego, CA.  SSgt Fletcher graduated with honors from Recruiter School finishing in the top ten percent of the class and received a special Fitness Report and letter of recognition from the Director of the School.  SSgt Fletcher then reported to 6th Marine Corps District, Recruiting Station Montgomery, AL sub-station Tuscaloosa AL for duty as a canvassing recruiter.  SSgt Fletcher quickly rose from a ranking of 53 to number 6 within the first six months and stood up as the Station NCOIC.  In June 2002 Gunnery Sergeant Fletcher transferred to the Marine Corps Officer Selection Office where he was instrumental and successful in recruiting future Marine Corps Officers.

    Upon the end of his successful tour as a Recruiter, Gunnery Sergeant Fletcher received orders to report to Marine Corps Detachment, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD for duty as an instructor.  During this tour Gunnery Sergeant Fletcher was promoted to Master Sergeant in 2006. 

    Master Sergeant Fletcher’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with silver star, National Defense Medal with two bronze stars, South West Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 4 bronze stars, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

    Master Sergeant Fletcher is married to the Former Adriane L. Nash.  They have two children:  Zicarria, age 19 and Nigel, age 14

     

     

                                       

    BILLET DESCRIPTION/RECOMMENDED ADJUSTMENTS: 

     

    -Senior Marine Instructor for the Small Arms Repair Course and Common, Knowledge and Skills Annex.

    -Instruct primary MOS Marines, Soldiers and Sailors in the conduct of Small Arms Repair per the Individual Training Standards.

    -Serve as a mentor for the instructors.

    -Evaluate student progress and performance.

    -Administer practical and performance exams.

    -Review and evaluate lesson plans and procedures in accordance with the Systems Approach to Training (SAT) manual.

    -Counsel Marine students on academic achievement or failure

    -Participate in the Faculty and Development program for instructor progression.

     

    MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 

    Completed the Conventional Physical Security Course and obtained the 5814 MOS

    Completed Certification as AT/FP Level II Trainer/Advisor

     

     

    PME/SELF EDUCATION: 

    Completed Marine Corps Institute’s Math for Marines

    Completed Hazardous Materials Handling

    Completed SNCO Advanced Distant Education Program, MCI 8200 Series

    Completed War Fighting Skills Distant Education Program, MCI 7400 Series

    Completed Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Liberty University

    Reads numerous articles and remains abreast of all matters pertaining to the Marine Corps and current events

     

    OTHER (I.E. Awards, Commendatory Correspondence, Community Involvement):

    Active member of Faith Outreach Church as Security Lead