Sergeant Major, 2d Marine Regiment
Sergeant Major Arthur M. Arebalo Jr.
A native of California, Sergeant Major Arebalo enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1995. He attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, CA and was assigned the MOS of 0331 Machine gunner. Following the School of Infantry, he reported to the Marine Corps Security Force Training Battalion in Chesapeake, VA for training as an 8152 Basic Security Guard. Upon completion of his training in October 1995, he reported to the Marine Corps Security Force Company in Bangor, WA. While serving in this capacity, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and Corporal.
In December 1997, he received orders to the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines (2/7) in 29 Palms, CA and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1998. During his tour with 2/7, he held several billets including Machinegun Section Leader, Mortar Section Leader, Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Third Platoon Commander; ultimately, completing two Unit Deployment Program rotations to Okinawa, Japan. In November 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In April 2002, Staff Sergeant Arebalo received orders to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego for Drill Instructor Duty. Assigned to Mike Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion, he completed 10 training cycles as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Chief Drill Instructor.
In July 2005, he was assigned to the First Battalion, Fourth Marines (1/4) in Camp Pendleton, CA. In February 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. While assigned to 1/4, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on three different occasions while serving as, Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant, Weapons Company Operations Chief, and a Company Gunnery Sergeant.
In 2009 Gunnery Sergeant Arebalo was selected to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders to Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa Japan. In June of that year, he was assigned to the Force Reconnaissance Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force to serve as the Force Company First Sergeant. In January 2011, First Sergeant Arebalo was re-assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In June 2012, First Sergeant Arebalo received orders to General Support Motor Transport Company (-), 6th Motor Transportation Battalion in Providence, Rhode Island to serve as the Inspector Instructor First Sergeant. In August 2013, the unit was re-designated as Transportation Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 25.
First Sergeant Arebalo was selected for Sergeant Major in November 2013 and was subsequently issued orders to report to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. In April 2014, Sergeant Major Arebalo reported for duty as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
In January 2016, Sergeant Major Arebalo assumed the post of Squadron Sergeant Major for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262). While assigned to VMM-262, he served as the Aviation Combat Element Sergeant Major for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit from April 2016 to May 2017.
In March 2018, Sergeant Major Arebalo was transferred to 2d Marine Regiment for duty.
Sergeant Major Arebalo’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars in lieu of fifth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.