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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Alford L. McMichael, USMC, Retired

Sgt. Maj. Alford L. McMichael is a United States veteran who served for more than 36 years in the United States Marine Corps. His military career culminated in an appointment as the first ever senior noncommissioned officer for Allied Command Operations to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO).

Before his appointment to NATO, Sgt. Maj. McMichael was the 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps between 1999 and 2003. Before this position, he had several other appointments as a sergeant major at various locations including the United States Marine Corps headquarters, Manpower and reserve Affairs Division; the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan; and the Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Prior to becoming a sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. McMichael held several other significant leadership positions: the director of the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy; the assistant Marine officer for the NROTC Program at the University of Minnesota; and the first sergeant of Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.

Sgt. Maj. McMichael's military honors include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Since his retirement from the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. McMichael has continued to advocate on behalf of service members. Currently, he is a managing director of Pinnacle Five, LLC, a consulting company focused on providing advisory services to businesses and organizations associated with veteran issues and the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Maj. McMichael serves on the board of directors with the Call of Duty Endowment, which identifies and funds organizations that help unemployed veterans find work. He is also a member of the advisory board for Thanks USA, a non-partisan, charitable effort to provide scholarships for children and spouses of active-duty military personnel.

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