GySgt Steven Kern
Gunnery Sergeant Steven Kern was born on 2 May, 1984 in Cincinnati Ohio. He graduated from Loveland High School in 2002. Gunnery Sergeant Kern attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina where he was a recruit of 2nd Battalion, Echo Company, Platoon 2075. Upon completion of recruit training, he reported to Marine Combat Training, Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Upon completion of Marine Combat Training, he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of 3051, Supply Warehouse Clerk. He was promoted to the rank of Private First Class in December of 2002. Private First Class Kern was then assigned to The Basic Supply Warehouse School in Camp Johnson, Jacksonville North Carolina.
Private First Class Kern was then assigned to the 1st FSSG, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, Maintenance Battalion, where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return in October of 2003, he returned to Maintenance Battalion where he worked as a Supply Warehouse Clerk and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in September of 2003. In January 2004, Lance Corporal Kern deployed to Iraq with Combat Logistics Regiment 7, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Camp Taquaddum and Camp Al Asad as a Warehouse Clerk where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in February of 2005.
In January of 2006, Corporal Kern returned to Iraq for another deployment where he spent fifteen months in Al Qaim Iraq where he served as a Warehouse Chief. Corporal Kern was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of 2007. Sergeant Kern then returned to Camp Pendleton where he would then be assigned to Marine Forces Reserve New Orleans Louisiana where he would serve as a Warehouse Chief. In September of 2009 Sergeant Kern was assigned to Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji Japan where he served as the Warehouse Chief. During this time Sergeant Kern was assigned key billets including Battalion Color Sergeant, Company Guide and Platoon Sergeant for the Commanding General Inspection Process. In September of 2010 Sergeant Kern received orders to Parris Island South Carolina where he served as a Drill Instructor of 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Echo Company. Sergeant Kern served in billets of Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Chief Drill Instructor throughout his nine cycles and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in January of 2013.
Upon leaving Parris Island, Staff Sergeant Kern received orders to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines in Okinawa Japan where he filled the billet of Warehouse Chief and Substance Abuse Control Officer. During his time with 3/12, Staff Sergeant Kern served in the billet of Bilateral Coordination Center Staff Noncommissioned Officer In Charge and his duties were primarily based around him being the senior enlisted liaison between the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force and the Battalion Commander for 3/12. In January of 2016 Staff Sergeant Kern was assigned to Marine Corps Installations West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, G-4 Logistics where he served as a Supply and Maintenance Analysis Inspector and the G-4 Operations Chief. Staff Sergeant Kern was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in January of 2017 and in February of 2018, Gunnery Sergeant Kern received orders to Rice University to serve as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor to the Houston Consortium.
Gunnery Sergeant Kern has 1 daughter, Jordan who is 13, and he is not married. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 1 gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars in lieu of fourth award, and the Good Conduct Medal with 4 bronze stars in lieu of the fifth award.