Sergeant Major William R. Bilenski
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sergeant Major Bilenski enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1995. He graduated Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina in April 1995. Following Recruit Training, Private First Class Bilenski attended Marine Combat Training at the School of Infantry East. Upon completion, Private First Class Bilenski reported to Basic Landing Support Specialist School at Courthouse Bay, North Carolina and received the military occupational skill of Basic Landing Support Specialist (0481).
In May 1995, Private First Class Bilenski reported to Beach and Terminal Operations Company, 2nd Landing Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune North Carolina. During this period, he deployed with Marine Forces 160 in support of Joint Task Force 160, Operation Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In February 1997, Corporal Bilenski was transferred to Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 24 where he completed two consecutive tours. During this period, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of humanitarian operations Southern Watch, Joint Nobel Anvil, Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Allied Force.
In July 1999, Sergeant Bilenski received orders to Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Upon graduation, he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion and Support Battalion. In November 2002, Staff Sergeant Bilenski received orders to 2nd Transportation Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. During this time, he deployed to Iraq in support of Marine Logistics Command, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and OIF 2-1. Upon completion of deployment, Staff Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of OIF 3-1.
In November 2005, Staff Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to 2nd Military Police Battalion where he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and served as the Logistics Chief. Upon deactivation of 2nd Military Police Battalion in March 2006, Gunnery Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to 2nd Radio Battalion where he completed his third tour to Iraq in support of OIF 5-7. In August 2009, First Sergeant Bilenski received orders to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines where he served as Company First Sergeant for Company G.
In September 2010, First Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines where he served as Company First Sergeant for Company C. During this period, he deployed with the 13th MEU in support of West PAC 1-1. In January 2012, First Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry West as Company First Sergeant for Company G. In November 2012, he was transferred to Headquarters and Support Battalion, School of Infantry West where he served as Company First Sergeant for Company L. In January 2015, First Sergeant Bilenski was transferred to Engineer Equipment Instruction Company, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he served until February 2016. In February 2016, Sergeant Major Bilenski was transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron -1, Yuma, Arizona where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major. In March 2019, Sergeant Major Bilenski was then transferred to Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia where he currently serves as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Bilenski’s personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with one gold star), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with four gold stars and Combat V).