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Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center

Bridgeport, California
Sergeant Major Carey R. Wells Sergeant Major, MCMWTC, Bridgeport, CA

Enlisting in the Untied States Marine Corps in 1995, Sergeant Major Wells completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego before attending the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton where he was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal.

Receiving his first set of orders to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Fox Company (Boats), he completed deployments with the 15th and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (MEU (SOC)) respectively. During this tour he was meritoriously promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant.

In August of 1999 he received orders to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) in Coronado, California where he served as a Coxswain Instructor with the Amphibious Raids Branch.

Joining 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in May of 2001, Sergeant Major Wells was assigned to 5th Platoon as an Assistant Team Leader deploying in 2002 in support of the 11th MEU (SOC) and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After the MEU's return to Camp Pendleton, the platoon was redeployed to Kuwait in the continued support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the subsequent invasion of Iraqi and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Returning to EWTGPAC in October of 2003, Staff Sergeant Wells served as the Chief Amphibious Operations Instructor at the Basic Reconnaissance Course.

In October of 2006, Sergeant Major Wells returned to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. The Company was subsequently re-designated 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Assigned to Bravo Company as a Special Reconnaissance Team Leader, the Company deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan (CJSOTF - A).

In August of 2008, Sergeant Major Wells received orders to 1st Special Operations Training Group (SOTG), Camp Pendleton serving as the Staff Non-commissioned Officer in Charge (SNCOIC) of the Assault Climbers/Non-lethal Weapons Courses and later the SNCOIC of the Special Missions Branch.

Promoted in January of 2011 to First Sergeant, he reported for duty with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, India Company deploying in November of 2011 in support of the 11th MEU's WESTPAC deployment. Immediately upon the battalions return, he transferred to the Security Forces Assistance Advisor Team (SFAAT) deploying in December of 2012 to support the Afghan National Army's 215th “Maiwand” Corps.

Returning to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines at the completion of the Advisor Team's deployment in December of 2013, First Sergeant Wells joined Company A, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. completing two Ceremonial Parade Seasons before transferring to the Presidential Retreat, Camp David to serve as the Marine Security Company First Sergeant.

Sergeant Major Wells was promoted to his present rank in April of 2016 joining 3rd Marine Raider Battalion (MRB), MARSOC at Camp Lejeune to serve as the Battalion Sergeant Major. From April 2017 to October 2017 he deployed with Special Operations Task Force - North (SOTF - North) in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Iraq (CJSOTF - I) and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE during the clearance of western Mosul and the defeat of ISIS in Northern Iraq. Upon the SOTF's return he resumed his duties as the Battalion Sergeant Major for 3rd MRB.

In April 2019 Sergeant Major Wells joined the Gunfighters of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 aboard Camp Pendleton deploying later that year to Okinawa as part of the Unit Deployment Program.

In December 2020 he assumed his current position at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California.

Sergeant Major Wells' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medals (gold star in lieu of third award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (gold star in lieu of fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Combat Action Ribbon (gold star in lieu of second award) and various other Service and Campaign medals. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in 1995.