Master Sergeant Dave Jarvis retired from the United States Marine Corps with twenty years of active duty service.
Master Sergeant Jarvis enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 23, 1996 from Port Orchard, Washington and reported to MCRD San Diego for recruit training. He was assigned to Lima Company, 3d Recruit Training Battalion.
After graduating from MCRD, Private First Class Jarvis reported to the School of Infantry (West) where he obtained the MOS 0311. Upon completion, he was sent to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines in 29 Palms, California, and served as a Rifleman, Team and Squad Leader. During his tour with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines he completed two Unit Deployment Programs with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan.
In August 1999, Sergeant Jarvis was assigned to the School of Infantry (West), where he served as a Troop Handler, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander and Weapons Instructor.
In January 2002, Sergeant Jarvis volunteered to take the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company Indoctrination. Upon passing, he was sent to the Basic Reconnaissance Course in Coronado, California, where he graduated as Honor Graduate and obtained the primary MOS of 0321.
In February 2003, while serving with Force Reconnaissance Company, Staff Sergeant Jarvis deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). There he served as Point Man in a Reconnaissance Team. Upon returning, he attended Sniper School and graduated as the course’s Honor Graduate.
In November 2004, he again deployed with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Staff Sergeant Jarvis served as Assistant Team Leader, supporting the tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia, then moving into Baghdad, Iraq in support of OIF-4.
In May 2006, Staff Sergeant Jarvis was ordered to Okinawa, Japan where he served as an instructor with Special Operation Training Group. There he taught Reconnaissance and Surveillance and Urban Sniper Courses. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and placed in charge of Special Missions Branch. Gunnery Sergeant Jarvis served as the Chief Instructor overseeing Close Quarters Battle (CQB), Breacher, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Sniper Courses in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In June 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Jarvis returned to Camp Pendleton and joined the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, where he served as Platoon Sergeant, Bravo Company, 1st Platoon. In May 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
In September 2011, Master Sergeant Jarvis was promoted to his current rank and served as 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Training Chief.
In June 2012, Master Sergeant Jarvis assumed duties as the Force Reconnaissance Company Training Chief supervising and evaluating several pre-deployment work-ups.
In 2012 and 2013, he placed first in the 5th and 6th Annual Reconnaissance Challenges.
In June 2014, Master Sergeant Jarvis was assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Reconnaissance Company, Operations Chief. While deployed he was directly involved with several Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and supported Operation Inherent Resolve.
In April 2015, Master Sergeant Jarvis was assigned to Reconnaissance Training Company and served as a Recruiter until his retirement. In May, he placed first in the 7th Annual Reconnaissance Challenge. Master Sergeant Jarvis was Honorably discharged from active duty and retired on 1 April 2016.
Master Sergeant Jarvis’ military education includes the following:
Squad Leaders, Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC), Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE), Basic Airborne, Military Free Fall, Military Free Fall Jump Master, Marine Combatant Diver (MCD), Basic Sniper, Mountain Sniper, Urban Sniper, Advance Sniper, Helicopter Repel Suspension Training (HRST), Primary Marksmanship Instructor (PMI), Martial Arts Instructor, Breacher, Close Quarters Battle, Sergeants Course, Infantry Unit Leader Course and the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Advance Course.
Master Sergeant Jarvis’ awards include: Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal w/Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal w/ gold star in Lieu of 3rd award, Navy Achievement Medal w/gold star in Lieu of 8th award, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon w/gold star.
He is married to Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4/USMC) Tina Jarvis and they reside in Saint Maries, Idaho.