SgtMaj Nathaniel J. Dreyer was born on 7 April 1982 in Albuquerque, NM. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps’ delayed entry program 5 June 1999 in San Antonio, TX, and entered recruit training at MCRD San Diego June 2000. He graduated as the Company Honor man, Hotel Company, 2d RTBN on 2 September 2000, and was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal. After completing recruit training, he reported to Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry West, where he earned the military occupational specialty, Infantry Riflemen, 0311.
Sergeant Major Dreyer’s operational assignments include: Rifleman, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader, Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines from 2000 to 2005, during which he deployed in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Okinawa, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait and Iraq; Platoon Sergeant, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, and Company Gunnery Sergeant, Kilo Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, from 2008 to 2011, during which he deployed in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Operation Enduring Freedom, Helmand Province, Afghanistan; Company Gunnery Sergeant, Head Quarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines from 2013 to 2014, during which he deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program, Okinawa; Battalion Sergeant Major, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines from October 2020 to April 2022, during which he deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program, Okinawa; Battalion Sergeant Major, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division from April 2022 to present.
His service outside the operating forces include: Squad Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Primary Instructor and Section Leader, Marine Combat Instructor Duty, Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry West from 2005 to 2008 where he was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant; Operations Chief, Head Quarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii from 2011 to 2013; Company First Sergeant, Golf Company, Head Quarters and Service Company, and Intelligence Operations Company, 2d Intelligence Battalion, II MEF Headquarters Group from 2014 to 2017; Company First Sergeant, Head Quarters and Service Company, 2d Marine Raider Support Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command from March 2017 to August 2019, where he deployed with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force- Iraq 19.1 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from November 2018 to June 2019; Squadron Sergeant Major, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron – 29, Marine Aircraft Group 29 from August 2019 to October 2020.
Sergeant Major Dreyer is a graduate of Corporal’s Course, Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course, Marine Combat Instructor Course, Infantry Unit Leader Course, Career Course, Tactical Air Control Party Course, Precision Strike Link Suite Special Operations Forces Course, Fire Support Coordination Center Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, Advanced Course, Primary Enlisted PME Course (US Naval War College), First Sergeants Course, Air Force Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) Level C School, and Cornerstone.
SgtMaj Dreyer’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 3d award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V and 3 gold stars in lieu of 4th award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award, and Good Conduct Medal with silver star in lieu of 6th award.