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Announcing SgtMaj Carlton Kent as Guest of Honor at the 249th Marine Corps Ball





We are thrilled and honored to announce that Sergeant Major Carlton Wayne Kent will be the distinguished Guest of Honor at the Wine Country Marines celebration of the 249th Marine Corps Ball. The event will take place on October 26th, 2024, amidst the picturesque setting of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, where we will gather to commemorate the storied history and traditions of the United States Marine Corps.



SgtMaj Carlton Wayne Kent: A Legacy of Service


Born on November 5, 1957, in Memphis, Tennessee, SgtMaj Carlton Kent embarked on his remarkable journey of service to our nation after graduating from South Side High School in Memphis. His career in the United States Marine Corps spans over three decades, marked by a series of distinguished assignments and leadership roles.


SgtMaj Kent's military career began with his enlistment and completion of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, in March 1976. He quickly distinguished himself, serving with the 1st Marine Brigade before being assigned to the Marine Security Guard Battalion, where he protected U.S. Embassies in Kinshasa, Zaire, and Panama.


Throughout his career, SgtMaj Kent demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment, taking on roles that included Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, and various command positions across different Marine units and educational institutions. His journey culminated in his appointment as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on January 19, 2007, succeeding John L. Estrada, and serving until June 9, 2011.


Among his many accolades, SgtMaj Kent is a recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership. Beyond his professional achievements, he is known for his dedication to the values and ethos of the Marine Corps, embodying honor, courage, and commitment in every facet of his career.



We invite you to join us at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on October 26th, 2024, as we celebrate the 249th Marine Corps Ball with SgtMaj Carlton Kent as our esteemed Guest of Honor. This event promises to be a memorable occasion where we honor our heritage, celebrate our shared values, and recognize the sacrifices and accomplishments of Marines past and present.


Get your tickets now so you can participate in this special evening. Let us come together to salute SgtMaj Carlton Kent and all Marines who have served with honor and distinction.


Semper Fidelis!


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