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Command Biography
VMFA-533 Command Senior Enlisted Leader
Sergeant Major Nicholas J. Underwood

Sergeant Major Underwood attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina December 1998 and graduated February 1999.  Upon graduation of Marine Combat Training, he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class.  After training, he attended Supply Warehousing Enlisted Basic Course, at Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson, North Carolina. In May of 1999 through December 2001; Private First Class Underwood received orders to Combat Service Support Group 3, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  During his tour, Private First Class Underwood was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He held the billets of a Supply Clerk, Storage Warehouse Shipping Non-Commission Officer. 

In December of 2001, Corporal Underwood executed orders to Marine Air Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Air Group-36, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Okinawa, Japan.  During this tour he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In December of 2002, Sergeant Underwood received orders to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Service Company, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island where he served as the Platoon Sergeant for the Depot Clothing section and Depot Color Sergeant.  During his tour of duty Sergeant Underwood was recognized as the Marine of the Year.

In October of 2005, Sergeant Underwood received orders to Drill Instructor School.  Upon graduation, he began his tour with Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion and finished as a Senior Drill Instructor with Company Q, 3d Recruit Training Battalion.  It was during this tour of duty where Sergeant Underwood joined the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer ranks. 

In October 2008 to February 2011, Staff Sergeant Underwood was attached to Marine Air Logistics Squadron-31, Marine Air Group-31.  He worked at Marine Corps Property Issue Point serving as the Warehouse Chief.  During this tour of duty, Staff Sergeant Underwood deployed for a year in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

In March 2011, Staff Sergeant Underwood executed orders to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was attached to 2d Supply Battalion, 2D Marine Logistics Group. Staff Sergeant Underwood, deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2011. He served as the Headquarters and Service Company, Company Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant. Staff Sergeant Underwood earned an accelerated promotion to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.  

In April 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Underwood reported to Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia, where he served as a Sergeant Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Master, and Test and Evaluation Chief. Through the successful completion of his second tour of Drill Instructor duty he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant.

In January 2016 to March 2017, First Sergeant Underwood reported to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Combat Development Company, Quantico, Virginia where he served as, the Company First Sergeant. During his tour he was selected to be the first Senior Enlisted Marine to attend and graduate from Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC). 

In March 2017 to December 2018, First Sergeant Underwood reported to Combat Logistics Company 23; Combat Logistics Regiment 25, Beaufort South Carolina. During his tour deployed to Norway as the Battalion Sergeant Major; for Combat Logistics Battalion 251 in direct support of Trident Juncture 2018.

In January 2019, First Sergeant Underwood reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, as Company K, 3d Recruit Training Battalion as Company First Sergeant. During this tour he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major and served as the 3d Recruit Training Battalion; Sergeant Major, and Support Battalion, Sergeant Major.

In May 2021, Sergeant Major Underwood reported in to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron-533, Marine Aircraft Group-31, Beaufort South Carolina as squadron Sergeant Major.

Sergeant Major Underwood's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of fifth award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (bronze star in lieu of second award). Sergeant Major Underwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Executive Leadership Business (MBA).

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing