As noted here, Marine Corps Times’ cover story this week will introduce tens of thousands of Marines to Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett, who will become the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps on June 9.
One of the threads we explore in that story is Barrett’s life as a junior Marine at Twentynine Palms, Calif. He met his wife while stationed there, and still owns a home in the area. A friend of Barrett’s, former Lance Cpl. Mitchell Ybarra, passed along this photo of those early days in the Corps:
The photo was taken outside Barrett’s mother’s house in Las Vegas in 1983, Ybarra said. Barrett confirmed he and Ybarra were friends and roommates while with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.
Barrett will step down as sergeant major of 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday in preparation of him taking his new job, Marine officials said.
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