Sergeant Major Labaran enlisted into the Marine Corps on September 1998 and completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot San Diego, CA. Upon graduation from Recruit Training, Sergeant Major Labaran proceeded to Marine Combat Training at
Camp Pendleton, CA for combat training and then to Fort Sill, OK to the Cannon Crewman's Course. Upon completion, he earned the
Military Occupation Specialty of 0811 Field Artilleryman and was also promoted to the rank of Private First Class.
In April 1999, Sergeant Major Labaran reported to 1st Battalion 12th Marines, Kaneohe Bay, HI. In November of that year,
he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Throughout his time with 12th Marines, Sergeant Major Labaran completed two
deployments to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in December 2000,
and to the rank of Sergeant in February 2002.
In May 2002, Sergeant Major Labaran reported to 1st Battalion 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as a
Section Chief. During his tenure, Sergeant Major Labaran conducted two combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. He participated in the Initial Invasion in 2003 and Vigilant Resolve in 2004.
In April 2005, Sergeant Major Labaran reported to Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Upon
graduation, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion where he served as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill
Instructor. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in November 2006. In November 2007, Sergeant Major Labaran was
selected to serve as part of the Instructor Staff at Drill Instructor School.
In December 2008, Sergeant Major Labaran reported to 1st Battalion 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as
Platoon Sergeant, Battery Gunnery Sergeant and Battery First Sergeant. During his tenure, Sergeant Major Labaran participated in a
deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom.
In May 2011, Sergeant Major Labaran was selected to the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) Program. He
completed two Platoon Leaders Course at Officer Candidate School and reported to Southern University Naval Reserve Officer
Training Corps for duty and was promoted to rank of Gunnery Sergeant on July 2013. During his tour, Sergeant Major Labaran was
recognized as the AMOI of the year for the years 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Sergeant Major Labaran was selected as the Naval Service
Training Command "Marine of the Year”.
In May 2014, Sergeant Major Labaran reported to 2d Battalion 11th Marines where he served as the Battery Gunnery Sergeant
for Battery F and Headquarters Battery. During his tenure, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary
In January 2017, Sergeant Major Labaran was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders to Marine Combat
Training Battalion, School of Infantry East to serve as the Company First Sergeant for Hotel Company. In February 2019, Sergeant
Major Labaran reported to Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 25 where he served until the units deactivation in July
In July 2020, Sergeant Major Labaran reported 1st Radio Battalionto as the Company First Sergeant for H&S Company until
April, where he was frocked to his current grade and was appointed as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader. In November 2022,
Sergeant Major Labaran reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 where he is currently serving.
Sergeant Major Labaran's education includes a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Southern University and
A&M College University and a Masters of Business Administration from East Carolina University. Sergeant Major Labaran's personal
decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with four gold stars in lieu of fifth
award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and Combat Action Ribbon.
Sergeant Major Labaran in Married to Lorene B. Wiley, M.D. and they have a son Amir Phoenix Labaran