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Command Biographies
VMM-264 Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Rodney E. Nevinger

Sergeant Major Nevinger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on April 04, 1998 and is a native of Texas.  He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA and completed military occupational training at Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West, Camp Pendleton, CA, earning the Riflemen MOS.

As an infantryman, Sergeant Major Nevinger has been assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, where he has held every billet in a Marine infantry company from riflemen to company gunnery sergeant.  With these battalions, he has had the opportunity to deploy with the 11th, 15th, and 31st Marine Expeditionary Units in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, as well as, the unit deployment program.  Additionally, he has served tours of duty as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Sergeant Major Nevinger was promoted to first sergeant on September 1, 2013 and was assigned to 3d Law Enforcement Battalion, MEF Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  In July 2016, he received orders to 3d Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Raider Regiment, Marine Special Operations Command where he served as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant and as the Battalion Sergeant Major from January 2017 to October 2017.  He was frocked to his present rank on March 28, 2018 and subsequently executed orders to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the squadron sergeant major until December 2019.  On December 20, 2019, he assumed his current post as the squadron sergeant major for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.
 
Sergeant Major Nevinger is a distinguished graduate of the Advanced Course, honor graduate of the Infantry Unit Leader Course, and a recipient of the Writer’s Award from the United States Marine Corps Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education Course.  Additionally he is the 2011 Assistant Marine Officer Instructor of the Year for the Southwest Region and recipient of the 2016 III Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General’s Leadership Award.

Sergeant Major Nevinger's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award.