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Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Sergeant Major

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Frosted Flakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Devil Dog!

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1957
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Sergeant Major

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Frosted Flakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Devil Dog!

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1957
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent was born on November 5, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee. Kent graduated from South Side High School in Memphis. His military education includes graduating from the Army Airborne School and Parachute Riggers School in 1981, the Marine Corps Drill Instructor School in 1989, and the Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1994.

In 1976, Kent completed recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina and was assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade. Kent was transferred to the Marine Security Guard Battalion where he served as a Marine security guard at the American Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire and Panama. In 1983, Kent reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California for duty as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and battalion drill master with the First Battalion. Kent was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in 1985. Following his promotion, Kent briefly served as Platoon Sergeant with the 3rd Air Delivery Platoon, and then reported to Hawaii where he was assigned Company Gunnery Sergeant with the Engineer Company, 1st Marine Brigade. In February 1990, Kent was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned as First Sergeant, Marine Aviation and Training Support Group, Pensacola, Florida.

Following his graduation from the Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1994, Kent was assigned as First Sergeant, and then later as Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. In May 2001, Kent was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned to the position of Sergeant Major of Marine Forces in Europe. In 2004, Kent reported to Camp Pendleton, California to serve as the Sergeant Major of the I Marine Expeditionary Force. He was appointed as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in April 2007 and served in this position until June 2011.

Kent’s military honors include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for leadership.

U.S. Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carlton W. Kent's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent tells which parent he takes after and discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent describes growing up in Memphis, Tennessee and shares his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carlton W. Kent describes his childhood neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carlton W. Kent describes his involvement in the church as a youth and attending elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his various childhood jobs and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent talks about being suspended from his junior high school, describes his academic performance, and playing team sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent discusses the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent describes his experience in high school with bussing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his high school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent talks about joining the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carlton W. Kent talks about graduating from high school and starting U.S. Marine Corps boot camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carlton W. Kent describes his U.S. Marine Corps boot camp training pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent describes his U.S. Marine Corps boot camp training pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent describes his marksmanship and swim training during boot camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his fellow U.S. Marine Corps recruits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent describes the most difficult part of his boot camp training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent talks about graduating from basic training in 1976
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his assignment to the First Marine Brigade in Hawaii
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carlton W. Kent talks about his mentors in boot camp and his tour of duty in Zaire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent describes his tour of duty in Panama and compares it to his tour in Zaire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent describes attending Army Airborne School at Fort Benning pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent talks about attending Army Airborne School at Fort Benning pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his promotions to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent describes his experiences as a Platoon Sergeant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent discusses becoming a drill instructor and his promotion to Gunnery Sergeant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carlton W. Kent describes his career as a Gunnery Sergeant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carlton W. Kent talks about the Gulf War and his job as a drill instructor for the Training in Aviation Officer Candidate School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carlton W. Kent describes his duties as a First Sergeant in Okinawa, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent discusses women in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent talks about race relations in the military and the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent describes his role as a Battalion Sergeant Major and his promotion to Sergeant Major of regiment recruit training
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent describes his experience as the Sergeant Major of the Marine Forces-Europe and remembers 9/11
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent discusses military deployment into Iraq following 9/11
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent discusses military operations in Fallujah during the Iraq War pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carlton W. Kent discusses military operations in Fallujah during the Iraq War pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Carlton W. Kent describes the process he went through in order to become Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carlton W. Kent discusses the press coverage of U.S. soldiers in Fallujah and the Iraqi people's reaction to the soldiers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carlton W. Kent discusses his nomination to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in 2007
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carlton W. Kent discusses what the election of President Barack Obama meant to him and reflects on highlights from his career in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carlton W. Kent reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carlton W. Kent describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community and talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carlton W. Kent talks about the transition of veterans into civilian life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carlton W. Kent discusses recommending U.S. Marine Corps service to others and shares how he would like to be remembered