Ricardo Herrera
Sgt-At-Arms - Marines

Ricardo A. Herrera
Aka as Rich by family and friends.
USMC 1990 to 2003
MCL 2019 to Present
Current Positions:

● Commandant, RGV Detachment 1456
● Senior Vice Pound Keeper, RGV "Diablo" Dogs Pound 956
● M.O.D.D. Worthy Dog Robber, Texas Pack
● Sergeant at Arms, Southern Division

As a young boy residing near Anthony, New Mexico, I would watch military convoys from the
Army base in El Paso heading towards the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. I
dreamt of one day being a part of those convoys and of how exciting it would be. A decade
later, in 1990, I embarked on a journey that would transform me into a Marine as I made my way
to MCRD San Diego. Enlisting as a 3043 Supply Administration Clerk, my first assignment was
with Detachment "A" in Iwakuni, Japan. Detachment "A" was later redesignated as Combat
Service Support Detachment 36. During my time in Iwakuni, I was assigned to MAGTF 23 and
had the privilege of spending several months at Mt. Fuji, Japan, before returning to Iwakuni. I
then again volunteered, along with about 24 other Marines, to go to Camp Zama in Japan. We
found ourselves training and learning a lot from a 3rd reconnaissance platoon from Okinawa.
Upon completion of the training in Camp Zama my next assignment took me to Yuma, Arizona
and 2nd LAAM Battalion (Light Anti-Aircraft Missile) from 1991 to 1993, where during my tour
with 2nd LAAM, my childhood dream came to life as I was attached to the advance party for a
multi force exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico near my childhood home.
Subsequently, I received orders to serve on I&I Duty with the 5th Battalion 14th Marines
Battalion (Artillery) in Los Angeles, California. During this assignment, I had the honor of
participating in numerous color guard and honor guard ceremonies, including the Color Guard
for the 50th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima landing reunion at the Omni Hotel in downtown LA,
where the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles C. Krulak, was the guest of
honor, and although meeting the Commandant of the Marine Corps was an honor, it was a great
and unforgettable memory to have met many of the Marines that were part of Marine Corps
History. Additionally, I was again privileged to be a part of the color guard that performed at the
opening ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Medal of Freedom award presented to King Hussein
of Jordan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, in 1995.
In 1998 returned to Iwakuni, this time with Marine Air Group 12, Personnel Support Detachment
12, where I was assigned to organize an event for the Air Group and due to the event’s
success was asked to be part of the advanced and rear party for Exercise Cope Tiger in
Thailand. After a Month in Thailand and upon returning to Iwakuni I found out that the Marine
Corps was looking for recruiters and I again volunteered and graduated as an 8411 (Recruiter)
from Recruiter’s School in MCRD San Diego. I was assigned to Recruiting Station San
Antonio, Recruiting Sub Station McAllen, Texas for the following 3 and a half years. I separated
in March of 2003. In the years that followed, I embarked on a period of exploration and self
discovery until I once again found a calling in the Marine Corps League Detachment 1456,
where I continue to dedicate my time as a volunteer to this day.