UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Sergeant Major Luis “Chino” Leiva
Sergeant Major, School of Infantry East
Sergeant Major Luis M. Leiva enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in May 1990 through the delay entry program. In March 1991, he entered Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion of recruit training he received orders to Ft. Sill, OK for training as a Field Artillery Cannoneer (0811).
Sergeant Major Leiva’s assignments include Fleet Marine Force tours with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, at Kaneohe Bay, HI, Marine Corps Security Forces Company, Yorktown, VA, Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines in Okinawa, Japan, instructor at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA, the Equal Opportunity Advisor to the Commanding General of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, CA, and again assigned to Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 29 Palms CA. While serving as the Battery GySgt with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, he was deployed to Iraq from September 2006 to April 2007. Upon returning from Iraq, and because of his selection to First Sergeant, he was transferred to Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines where he served as the Battery First Sergeant. Upon his promotion to First Sergeant in April 2008, he received orders to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC where he deployed to Afghanistan from Oct 2009 to May 2010. While assigned to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, he was the First Sergeant the Mobility Assault Company, Support Company, Charlie Company and Bravo Company, also known as the Marine Expeditionary Unit Company.
In February 2012, First Sergeant Leiva executed orders to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding Officer, Camp Mujuk, Republic of Korea. His responsibilities included serving as the liaison between Camp Mujuk, Marine Corps Forces Korea, Marine Corps Installations Pacific and the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. He served in that capacity for fourteen months before receiving orders to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. In April 2013, he reported to 2d Maintenance Battalion where he was assigned as the First Sergeant for General Support Maintenance Company.
In November 2013, 1stSgt Leiva was selected for promotion to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj), where upon his promotion in January 2014, he executed orders to serve as the Squadron SgtMaj for Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), MCAS New River, NC. He served in that capacity for almost three years before receiving orders in September 2016 to serve as the battalion SgtMaj for 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), 2d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Camp Lejeune, NC. He served as 8th ESB SgtMaj for almost 18 months before executing unaccompanied orders in February 2018 to Okinawa, Japan where he served as the 4th Marine Regiment/Camp Schwab SgtMaj until August 2019. In August 2019, he executed orders to serve as the School of Infantry East/Camp Geiger SgtMaj where he is currently stationed.
SgtMaj Leiva's personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of subsequent award, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars in lieu of subsequent award, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of subsequent award and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of subsequent award. He is also the recipient of the Honorary St. Barbara's Medal, Patriot Saint of Field Artillery.
SgtMaj Sergeant Leiva has been married for twenty-seven years to the former Brenda A. Halm of Okinawa, Japan. They have two children, Melinda (26) & Isaiah (24), two AMAZING grandchildren, Liam Mason Leiva & Hazel Elena Leiva and a faithful dog named Kuma.