Military biography

USMCMaster Sergeant Jayme Kohler was born in 1976 in Mandan, North Dakota. He graduated from Glen Ullin Public School in 1994 and Phi Theta Kappa from Bismarck State College in 1997 with an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology.

Master Sergeant Kohler enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1997 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, with a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. He was then transferred to Assault Amphibious School Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California and was consequently awarded the 1833 Military Occupational Specialty, Assault Amphibian Vehicle Crewman in March 1998.

Private First Class Kohler was assigned his first duty station at 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California with Company C, 3rd Platoon, and promoted to Lance Corporal in April 1998. In November he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and participated in Operation Desert Fox, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Sudden Storm, and Operation Anvil II throughout the Middle East. He was promoted to Corporal in May 1999 and returned from deployment in July.

Later that year, Corporal Kohler was awarded Non Commissioned Officer of the Quarter for 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and received a meritorious promotion to Sergeant in November 1999. In January 2000, Sergeant Kohler won Marine of the Year for 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion.

In August 2001 he left Camp Pendleton and was transferred to Quantico, Virginia to attend Marine Security Guard School where he received the Top Gun award. He was subsequently assigned to duty at American Embassy Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in February 2003 prior to his second post of Brasilia, Brazil. Additionally, Staff Sergeant Kohler served four months temporary assigned duty as Detachment Commander, Ottawa, Canada which concluded his tour.

Upon his return to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Staff Sergeant Kohler deployed twice to Iraq, once as a combat advisor, attached to 3rd Company, 9th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Iraqi Intervention Force in Al Fallujah and Habbaniyah in December 2004, and also as an improvised infantry squad leader in Al Qa’im, Dulab, and throughout the Al Anbar province in March 2006. Staff Sergeant Kohler was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in March 2007 and held platoon sergeant billets for Echo Company, 3rd and 4th Platoons (the past and future 15th Marine Expeditionary Units).

In September 2007 he left Camp Pendleton and was transferred to Recruit Training Regiment, Parris Island, South Carolina serving as a Drill Instructor with Companies L, I, and A, a Senior Drill Instructor with Company A, and Series Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant with Company C. During his tour in 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Kohler was assigned temporarily to the Parris Island Rifle/Pistol Team. He was awarded a silver medal in individual pistol and was a firing member for the winning rifle and pistol team trophies, the Elliot and the Edson, in Eastern Division Matches.

Gunnery Sergeant Kohler returned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California in March 2011, and assumed the billet of Platoon Sergeant, 1st Platoon, after the activation of Company F. While serving in that capacity, he was temporarily assigned as the senior enlisted advisor to Company A, 31st Light Infantry Battalion, 3d Infantry Brigade, Army of the Republic of Georgia during their pre-deployment training to Afghanistan in the Republic of Georgia and Hohenfels, Germany. Later in September, Gunnery Sergeant Kohler was temporarily assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) C-7 as Engineer Operations Real Estate Chief, and deployed to Afghanistan.

Upon the conclusion of his assignment, Gunnery Sergeant Kohler served as Operations and Logistics Chief for Headquarters and Service Company. In that time, he competed in the 2013 All Navy (West) and Fleet Forces Command (Pacific) Rifle and Pistol Championships, and was awarded gold and silver medals in individual pistol. Additionally, he was a firing member for the winning pistol team for both competitions.

He was promoted to Master Sergeant in February 2013, and is currently serving as Company Logistics Chief, Company E, on the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan.

He is married to the former Jenny Baron of Coral Springs, Florida.

His awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four gold stars, Combat Action ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with four bronze service stars, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment ribbon with four bronze service stars, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon with bronze service star, Drill Instructor ribbon, Marine Security Guard ribbon, and NATO ISAF Medal.

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The author.Born in the year of the Dragon, the author grudgingly accepts the fact he has too many interests and not enough time. A cyclist as long as he can remember, an avid yet inconsistent writer since age eleven, and a U.S. Marine since age twenty-one, the author also adds peak bagging, diving, snowboarding, and computers to his list of interests. Incidentally, he is aware of his inability to make a living from any but the Corps. The author accepts this as fact and remains optimistic. Feel free to drop him a line.

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