Sergeant Major Fleming enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 1999. He arrived for recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina shortly thereafter. Following recruit training, Sergeant Major Fleming attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina and follow on Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) schooling at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida as an aircraft electrician.
After attending specialized MOS training at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina in early 2000, Sergeant Major Fleming reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 31, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, South Carolina for duty as an aircraft electrician. He completed one deployment with VMFA-122 while assigned to MALS-31.
In late 2003, Sergeant Major Fleming was selected for Special Duty Assignment, and reported to Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. He was additionally trained as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) Instructor and assigned to Company C, First Recruit Training Battalion. Mid-tour, in July of 2005, Sergeant Major Fleming was assigned as a temporary augment to Officer Candidates School, Quantico Virginia where he served as a Physical Training Instructor and Martial Arts Instructor.
Completing a successful tour as a Drill Instructor, Sergeant Major Fleming reported to MALS-26, MCAS New River, North Carolina for duty in March of 2007. In October of the same year, he deployed with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 as part of the inaugural MV-22 Osprey’s combat deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In January of 2009, he deployed again as part of Special Marine Air Ground Task Force - Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the Kandahar and Helmand Provinces.
In January 2010, upon return from Afghanistan, Sergeant Major Fleming was selected for duty as a Drill Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania where he performed the duties of Assistant Marine Officer Instructor. He additionally served at Officer Candidates School, Quantico Virginia during the summers as a Sergeant Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, and Martial Arts Instructor.
In 2012, Sergeant Major Fleming reported to Company C, 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California as the Company First Sergeant. In November 2013 when the company deactivated he was redesignated as Company E First Sergeant where, in late 2013, he deployed with the company to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. He and Company E supported coalition efforts in Camp Fuji, Japan, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, and aboard Naval shipping in the Indo-Pacific Theater of Operation.
In March 2015, Sergeant Major Fleming reported to Inspector-Instructor (I&I) Staff, Company C, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Here, he performed the duties of I&I First Sergeant and filled a critical gap as the Inspector-Instructor during the unit’s Infantry Training Exercise in 2015. Among more than a dozen other collateral duties at this post, he was the Family Readiness Officer, Ground Safety Manager, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program manager. Sergeant Major Fleming also participated in the planning, organization, and execution of unit deployments to Latvia and Lithuania during this tour.
In March of 2017, Sergeant Major Fleming was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312. From April 2017 to May 2018 he and the Marines of VMFA-312 completed an extensive aircraft carrier deployment workup cycle and subsequent deployment to the Indo-Pacific Theater of Operation in direct support of combat operations in the region.
As of February 2019, Sergeant Major Fleming will be assigned as the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 Sergeant Major within Marine Aircraft Group 31.
Sergeant Major Fleming is a dedicated husband, devoted father, and selfless Marine who constantly seeks out ways to serve others both in and out of uniform. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit, service, and campaign decorations. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American Military University and is currently two semesters away from earning his Master Degree in Business Administration.