Leaders at MCAS Iwakuni
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
Sgt. Maj. Adam M. Gharati's Biography
Sergeant Major : Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Sergeant Major Adam M. Gharati is a native of Lubbock, Texas. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California in April 1998. Upon completion of his basic training, Private First Class Gharati reported to Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he received the MOS of 1371 Combat Engineer.
 
In November 1998, Private First Class Gharati reported to Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion; 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. While at Combat Engineer Company, he served as a SAW Gunner, Demolitions Man, and Fire Team Leader, participating in Operations TANDEM THRUST in Guam and Cobra Gold in Thailand. In November 1999, Lance Corporal Gharati reported to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion; 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC.
   
He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal in March 2000 and served as a Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 2001. In April 2001, Sergeant Gharati reported to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune where he served primarily as the Landmine Warfare Instructor and Explosive Demolitions Subject Matter Expert at Engineer Training Area-3. In July 2002, Sergeant Gharati reported to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group where he served as a Marine Security Guard/Assistant Detachment Commander at American Embassies in Beijing, China and Ankara, Turkey earning detachment of the year honors at both.  

Sergeant Gharati was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in December 2004 and sent to Baku, Azerbaijan to serve as the Interim Detachment Commander. In July 2005, Staff Sergeant Gharati was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group on Camp Lejeune where he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the Battalion Engineer Chief aboard Camp Blue Diamond. Staff Sergeant Gharati deployed a second time in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the Cross-Boundary Intelligence Chief on Camp Fallujah. In June 2007, Staff Sergeant Gharati received orders to Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune where he served as a Demolitions and Explosive Warfare instructor and as a class advisor for multiple Basic Combat Engineer platoons and NCO classes. In December 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.   

In September 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Gharati received orders to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group where he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Engineer Company Operations Chief. Upon returning he received orders back to 8th Engineer Support Battalion where he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Battalion Assistant Operations Chief and Senior Watch Officer. In February 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Gharati was promoted to First Sergeant and received orders to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms where he served as the Alpha and Bravo Company First Sergeant. In July of 2015 First Sergeant Gharati received orders to “First Team” 1st Battalion 7th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division; Twentynine Palms, California where he served as the Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant and deployed in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command.  

In July  2016, First Sergeant Gharati received orders to Site Support, Engineer Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion-23, Marine Corps Forces Reserve; Springfield, Oregon where he served as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant. He was promoted to Sergeant Major in April 2017 and executed orders to Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginia, where he served as the RS Sergeant Major. In July 2018, upon RS Charleston being deactivated, he executed orders to Columbus, Ohio and activated RS Columbus. In November 2020 Sergeant Major Gharati executed orders to Iwakuni, Japan where he currently serves as the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Sergeant Major.  

Sergeant Major Gharati’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of 5th award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of 3rd award) and the Good Conduct Medal (Silver and Bronze Star in lieu of 7th award).