Sergeant Major Louis M. Espinal assumed duties as the Senior Enlisted Leader of United States Southern Command on October 9, 2009.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1979 from Staten Island, New York. From December 1979 until March 1980, he attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation, he attended the Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, California until May 1980. After completion of Infantry Training School, he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of 0311, Infantryman.
In March 1980, He reported to A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, Ca., as an Infantryman until August 1982. In September 1982, he reenlisted as an Airborne Rigger and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Air Delivery Platoon, Beach and Port Company, 1st Landing Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Ca. He served as an Airborne Rigger and Jump Master with the 1st AD Plt until December 1985.
From January through March of 1986, he attended Recruiters School and was subsequently assigned as a canvassing recruiter at Recruiting Sub-station, South Dade, Florida until December 1989. In January 1990, he was assigned the duties of Embarkation and Logistics Chief at Headquarters, Marine Air Group-31, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Beaufort, South Carolina until November 1991.
From December through January 1991, he attended Marine Security Guard School. He was subsequently assigned as the Detachment Commander at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago until September 1993. Following this assignment, he reported to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October 1993 as the Detachment Commander until June 1995.
In August 1995, he assumed the duties of Logistics Chief for the 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina until February 1996. In March 1996, he assumed the duties of Company First Sergeant at H&S Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina until June 1998.
In July 1998, he reported to Delta Company, Marine Security Guard Battalion, Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to 26 Detachments spread throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
In August 2000, Sergeant Major Espinal reported for duty at Marine Air Control Squadron-23 in Aurora, Colorado as the Site Sergeant Major until July 2003.
In September 2003, he arrived at Miramar, California, where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major for Marine Wing Communications Squadron-38, Marine Air Control Group-38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Following this assignment, in November 2004, he was selected as the Group Sergeant Major for Marine Air Control Group-38 until December 2005. In January 2006, he was selected to serve as the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Forward and Al Asad Air Base Command Sergeant Major until February 2007. In March 2007, he was selected to serve as the Sergeant Major of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing until September 2009.
Sergeant Major Espinal has participated in operations, exercises, and deployments throughout the United States, the Far East, Europe and the Middle East, serving in various capacities to include three combat tours in the Middle East. He also deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response as the Joint Task Force Command Sergeant Major.
His diverse 32-year career includes assignments in the Infantry, Combat Service Support, Air Wing, Reserve establishment, Recruiting Duty, Diplomatic arena and multiple combat tours in Iraq working jointly with coalition forces. He is Bilingual – fluent in Spanish and understands Portuguese.
Sergeant Major Espinal’s military education includes completion of Infantry Training School, Airborne School, Riggers School, Jump Master School, NCO School, Recruiter School, Staff and Officers Embark School, Combat Service Support Chief’s Course, Marine Security Guard School, Senior Noncommissioned Officer’s Advanced Course, First Sergeant’s Course, Senior Seminars, Black Belt Instructor Course, and the SEJPME.
Sergeant Major Espinal’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2 gold stars in lieu of third award; and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, gold star in lieu of second award; and numerous Unit and Service Awards.
Last Updated: May 11, 2011