Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164
Sergeant Major Benjamin J. Maynard

Benjamin Maynard was born 6 October 1978 in Twin Falls, Idaho. His Marine Corps career began on 21 October 2001 when he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. After being meritoriously promoted to Private First Class he attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) in Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon completion ofMCT he was assigned to CH53-E Helicopter Mechanic School in New River, North Carolina and was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty 6113, CH53-E Helicopter Mechanic. Upon graduation he was assigned to Heavy Marine Helicopter (HMH) Squadron 462, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and deployed in February 2003 to September 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After returning from deployment he was promoted to Corporal and attached to Medium Marine Helicopter Squadron 165 in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Bonhomme Richard where he supported humanitarian missions in Indonesia and combat operations in Iraq. In January 2005 he was promoted to Sergeant. Upon returning from the MEU in 2005 Sgt Maynard reported to HMH-462 where he was assigned as the Phase Crew Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in charge. Shortly after, he was selected to be the driver for the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Commanding General from October 2006 to February 2007. Upon completion of his duties as the Commanding Generals driver, Sgt Maynard honorably discharged from the Marine Corps for eighteen months.

While in the Inactive Ready Reserves he was selected to the rank of SSgt. SSgt Maynard reenlisted in September 2008 and was reassigned to HMH-462 and assigned as the tool room SNCIOC. He then deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was assigned as a Maintenance Controller. Upon returning from deployment SSgt Maynard attended Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego where he earned the instructor tab and continued his duties as a maintenance controller where he remained until he received orders to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) School class 2-11.

After graduation MCESG class 2-11, SSgt Maynard was assigned as Detachment Commander for Vilnius, Lithuania. At Detachment Vilnius SSgt Maynard received 2011 Detachment of the Year for Region One and was also meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). GySgt Maynard was then reassigned as the Detachment Commander in San Salvador, El Salvador and in 2013 he received Detachment of the Year.

In April of 2014 GySgt Maynard received orders to HMH-465 as the flightline chief and later deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Upon returning from Okinawa GySgt Maynard was reassigned to Maintenance Control as the Maintenance Control Chief.

Jan of2016 GySgt Maynard was selected to lstSgt and assigned to Echo battery, 2D Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton. l stSgt Maynard deployed in November 2016 with Battalion Landing Team 2/5 in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and returned May 2017. November 2017 lstSgt Maynard assumed the responsibilities as Battalion SgtMaj until January of2018 when he PCS'd.

From January 2018 to May 2021, lstSgt Maynard was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 3, MCB Hawaii and assumed the duties as Support Company lstSgt, Transportation Services Co lstSgt and Headquarters and Services Co lstSgt.

In May 2021, SgtMaj Maynard was promoted to his current rank and assumed the duties as Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Inspector-Instructor, for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance battalion from June 2021 to June 2023.

In June 2023, Sergeant Major Maynard transferred to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-164, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California for duty where he is currently serving as the Squadron Command Senior Enlisted Leader.


SgtMaj Maynard has a bachelors of science degree from Park University and his personal awards include the Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (2), Outstanding Volunteer Service medal, and various other service and campaign medals.