Biographies

Msgt. Juan Morales

Senior Enlisted Leader, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic

11 May 2021
Official portrait of Msgt. Juan C. Morales, senior enlisted leader, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT).
200130-M-ZA313-1001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 30, 2020) Msgt. Juan C. Morales, senior enlister leader, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT) poses for an official studio portrait. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Brandon E. Holmes/Released)
Official portrait of Msgt. Juan C. Morales, senior enlisted leader, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT).
200130-M-ZA313-1001
200130-M-ZA313-1001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 30, 2020) Msgt. Juan C. Morales, senior enlister leader, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT) poses for an official studio portrait. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Brandon E. Holmes/Released)
Photo By: Brandon E. Holmes
VIRIN: 200130-M-ZA313-1001
MSgt. Juan Morales is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Oct. 19, 1999 in Ponce Puerto Rico, he completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island in January 2000.

Upon completion of recruit training private first class (PFC) Morales proceeded to the Marine Combat Training School (MCT) in North Carolina where he became a basic infantryman.

After graduating MCT he was ordered to report to Marine Corps Communication Electronics School (MCCES) 29 Palms California for military occupational skill (MOS) school where he graduated as Radio Operator, 0621.

On May 2000, PFC Morales was ordered to report to 1st Battalion 12th Marines for duty. In 1/12, PFC Morales served as a radio operator for different forward observer teams which allowed him learn the basics of calling for fire and air support.

During the time at 12th Marines PFC Morales was promoted to Lance Corporal (LCpl) and during this time his experience and initiative earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal while on a combined arms exercise (CAX). Shortly after this, LCpl Morales was promoted to the rank of corporal (Cpl).

On December 2003, CPL Morales received orders to 1st Marine Air Wing, MWCS-18. On this particular unit, Cpl Morales held the billet of assistant radio chief for the squadron. During this period on March 2004, Cpl Morales received orders to attend Fort Benning Georgia for the Basic Airborne Course. After graduation on May, he was promoted to sergeant (Sgt).

While on MWCS-18 Sgt Morales was recommended for a board to act as the assistant aid and driver for the assistant wing commander. Sgt Morales took the board and served as such for a period of eight months. After completion of his duties, he returned to his unit MWCS-18.

On October 2005 Sgt Morales abilities and experience put him on the top of the list to become part of the re-formed Anglico unit in Okinawa, 5th Anglico, there he served as team chief for Fire Power Control Team Lightning 4-1. The unit deployed to Iraq not long after its formation.

After returning from Iraq, Sgt Morales decided to peruse a new path for his career and decided to join the Marine Corps Recruiting Force. He served as a recruiter from mid-2007 to late 2008. On Feb. 1, 2008 he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant (SSgt). Due to his abilities and performance while canvassing recruiter, SSgt Morales was awarded the position of SNCOIC for the large RSS of Ft. Myers, a billet commonly filled by an 8412.

SSgt Morales finished his recruiting tour on May 2010 and was given orders to 8th Marines Regiment. While at 8th Marines Regiment he served as the Regimental Radio Chief. SSgt Morales was deployed to Afghanistan as the radio chief for the regiment from January 2011 to January 2012. During this time, he supported four different battalions and over saw their transition and replacement to and out of country. During his time as the regimental radio chief SSgt Morales was in charge of 52 Marines and responsible for over 400 pieces of CCI equipment (control cryptographic item) as well as 20 different radio nets consisting of voice, satellite, data and microwave communications.

After returning from Afghanistan, SSgt Morales served as the platoon sergeant for S-6 platoon, a few months later he transitioned as the operational chief for the Regimental S-6. SSgt Morales was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant (GySgt) on October 1st 2012. He transitioned from 8th Marines Regiment on March 22, 2013. After working with 8th Marine Regiment, GySgt Morales received orders to 1st Battalion 25th Marines in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, as the battalion inspector and instructor (I&I) communications chief. During the time at 1/25 GySgt Morales also served as the regimental comm chief during operation African Lion 14 for 25th Marine Regiment. GySgt Morales was the senior communication advisor for the battalion. He filled the roles of communications chief and communication officer simultaneously for 2 ½ years due to staffing. During his time on I&I duty GySgt Morales performed over 80 military funeral honors, two African Lion exercises, an Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) and two annual training events for the New England area Selected Marine Corps Reserve with one of them being a cold weather package.

GySgt Morales transitioned in April 2016 to Marine Forces South (MFS) and was promoted to MSgt on March 1, 2018. During his time at MFS MSgt Morales served as the communication chief. He oversaw the deployment, execution and redeployment of two different Special Purpose-Marine Air Ground Task force (SP-MAGTF) along with numerous Security Cooperation Training Teams (SCTT). He was responsible for the coordination, de-confliction and proper operation of all communication equipment within the Caribbean, Central and South America. As the spectrum manager he worked directly with different U.S embassies and partner nation's government agencies in the assignment and authorization of every frequency used by Marine Forces in the region. He was in charge of communications planning in five major training exercise involving 17 different partner nations across the area of operation.

MSgt Morales is currently part of Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic where he serves as the senior enlisted leader for the command. 
 

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