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First Sergeant Dex Conrad was born on 20 November 1965 in Huntington WV. He graduated from Milton High School and joined the United States Marine Corps where he attended Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island SC. Upon graduation he was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd Marine Air Wing, 3rd Marine Air Wing, 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Support Detachment Andrews AFB,  22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC), The All-Marine Corps Shooting Team, Marine Corps International Shooting Team, United States CISM Shooting Team, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Instructor Battalion-The Basic School Quantico. Selected career highlights are listed below:


4th Marine Air Wing Marine Athlete of the Year/4th Marine Air Wing NCO of the Year/4th Marine Air Wing SNCO of the Year

Honor Graduate NCO School/Honor Graduate SNCO Academy/Honor Graduate Marine Corps Supply-Logistics School

SNCOIC-Marine Corps Pistol Team

Among the military schools he attended are the NCO School, SNCO School, ASNCO Academy, Expeditionary Warfare  School/CDET, FBI National Academy Firearms Instructor Course, SAWIC, HRP, Mountain Warfare School, Swift Water Rescue, Supply/Warehousing School, Aviation Logistics School, Lean/Six Sigma-Air Speed Instructor Course and Certification, AA-General Studies. AS- Business Central Texas College

His awards include:

Purple Heart

Meritorious Service Medal

Navy Commendation Medal (2 Gold Star)

Navy Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars)

Humanitarian Service Medal

Combat Action (Gold Star) (Desert Shield/Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq)