SGT. MAJ. KARL SIMBURGER, (USMC)
Sergeant Major Simburger enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1988 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina in July 1989 for recruit training. Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training, he was transferred to Marine Corps Communications Electronics School, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California for training as a field radio operator.
After completion of MOS school, Sergeant Major Simburger reported to 7th Communications Battalion, Okinawa, Japan for duty with Company A, serving as a radio operator/supervisor. In December 1990, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal.
In October 1991, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Shortly after arrival, Sergeant Major Simburger was reassigned as the communications chief, SPMAGTF UNITAS XXXIII. Upon completion of the deployment, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 3d Battalion, 6th Marines and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January 1994. Sergeant Major Simburger participated in contingency operations Continue Hope, Deny Flight, and Uphold Democracy. Upon return from deployment, Sergeant Major Simburger attended Sergeant’s Course Class 1-95 and graduated as the honor graduate.
In April 1995, Sergeant Major Simburger reported to Drill Instructor School Class 3-95, MCRD, San Diego, California. Upon completion of school, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned to Company G, 2d Recruit Training Battalion and also served as a Night Processing DI with Receiving Co, Support Battalion. After successfully completing his tour, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), I MEF Headquarters Group (MHG), Camp Pendleton, California as a radio chief. Upon the deactivation of 1st ANGLICO in May of 1999, Sergeant Major Simburger assumed the duties as the communications chief, I Marine Liaison Element, I MHG, MEF.
In May 2000, Sergeant Major Simburger transferred to the Inspector/Instructor Staff, 3D ANGLICO, Long Beach, California and assumed the duties as the I&I communications chief. In April 2001, he was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant and assumed the duties as a static line jumpmaster and the assistant parachute safety officer. Upon the unit’s activation in January of 2003, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned as the team chief, Supporting Arms Liaison Team “G”, 3d Brigade Platoon. He was subsequently attached to the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (The Paras), 16th Air Assault Brigade, I U.K. Division for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon return from OIF, Sergeant Major Simburger was selected for and promoted to the rank of first sergeant.
In May of 2004, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 8th Communication Battalion, II MHG, II MEF, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned as the First Sergeant for Company A. Sergeant Major Simburger deployed in support of OIF 04-06.2, from August 2005 to March 2006. In May of 2007, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to MCRD, San Diego, California, and assumed the duties as the First Sergeant for Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. In May of 2008, Sergeant Major Simburger was promoted to his present grade. He was posted as the Battalion Sergeant Major, 1st Recruit Training Battalion in June 2008 until April of 2009 when he assumed the duties as the Support Battalion Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Simburger relinquished his post as the Support Battalion Sergeant Major on 19 February 2010 and reported for duty as the Sergeant Major, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division on 4 March 2010. During this assignment, Sergeant Major Simburger deployed with the battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2, from October 2010 to May 2011 and 12.1 from April to October 2012. Sergeant Major Simburger relinquished his post on 26 June 2013 and assumed the duties as the Installation Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Logistics Base – Barstow, California on 28 June 2013. Sergeant Major Simburger assumed his current assignment as the Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Regiment on 19 February 2016.
Sergeant Major Simburger’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2d award), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3d award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4th award), and the Combat Action Ribbon (2d award). He is a qualified parachutist and is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist insignia. Sergeant Major Simburger is a graduate of the U.S. Army Static Line Jumpmaster Course and Pathfinder Course. Sergeant Major Simburger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from American Military University.
Sergeant Major Simburger is married to the former Sherry Eyzaguirre of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They have one son, Adam.