Brett W. Steele
Assistant Marine Officer Instructor
Gunnery Sergeant Steele was born on 11 July, 1986 in Roanoke, Virginia. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training in Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina in September 2004. Private Steele graduated recruit training in December 2004 and reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training. He was then assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School. Subsequently, he was assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia where he completed training, earning the MOS 6257 Fixed Wing Aircraft Mechanic. He was promoted to the rank of Private First Class while attending MOS School.
Upon completion of school, PFC Steele reported for duty to VMFA-122, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina in August 2005. Shortly after, in November 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. He was then deployed on a Unit Deployment Program to Iwakuni, Japan. Mid-deployment he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in November 2006.
In November 2007, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt Steele was then deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2008. While deployed to Iraq, Sgt Steele was selected to be an instructor for the Corporal's Course aboard Al Asad Air Base where he served as a Squad Instructor for seven classes.
In July 2009, Sgt Steele reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for Drill Instructor School. Sgt Steele graduated Drill Instructor School as a distinguished graduate and the honor graduate for class 4-09 in October 2009. Upon completion of school he was assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. In June 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. SSgt Steele served in Golf Company until June 2012. During his time there he completed six cycles as a Drill Instructor and two cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor. He was then assigned to Hotel Company where he completed two cycles as a Chief Drill Instructor.
Upon completion of Drill Instructor duty in October 2012, SSgt Steele was assigned to VMFA-312, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. He deployed with the unit in July 2013, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mid-deployment, SSgt Steele was sent to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of a detachment. While in VMFA-312, SSgt Steele served in the billets of SNCOIC for the Airframes work center and Airframes Division Chief.
Gunnery Sergeant Steele was promoted to his current rank in October 2015. He is currently serving as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Gunnery Sergeant Steele's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He is married to the former Sommer Marie Williams.