Chad Robert Lyman, U.S. Marine

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts.

United States Marines: Active Duty

C.W.O. – Chief Warrant Officer. A Marine Grade from W-1 to W-5. C.W.O. is rated as an officer above the senior and most enlisted ranks, as well as officers and candidates, but below officers Grade 0-1. Warrant Officers are highly skilled single track specialty officers. The Warrant Officer’s primary task as a leader is to serve as a technical expert providing valuable expertise and guidance to the commander of their units.

Ladder of Rank: Private 6-97, Private First Class 11-97, Lance Corporal 4-98l, Corporal N.C.O. 6-99, Sergeant N.C.O. 3-01, Staff Sergeant Staff N.C.O. 12-04, Gunnery Sergeant Staff N.C.O. 5-08

Tours of Duty Stations: Recruit training depot, Parris Island, S.C.; Marine combat training, Camp Gieger, N.C.; Personnel Clerk’s school, Camp Johnson, N.C.; 3rd BN 3rd Marine regiment 3rd Mar. Div. Hawaii; Duty Inspector’s Office, Buffalo, N.Y.; India Company 3rd BN 25th Marines active staff N.C.O., Buffalo; Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss.; Air Field Operations Squadron 271, Cherry Point, N.C.; Weather Observer Battalion, Bogue Field, N.C.; Kuwait; Headquarters Service Squadron, Yuma, Ariz.; Iraq (2005); Headquarters Battalion, Marine Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan; Quantico, Va. ; New River Station, N.C.; Hawaiian Islands (Present)

M.O.S. (Military Occupational Specialty) – This term is used to describe one job assignment while in the military. Everyone in the military is given a specific M.O.S. In the Navy and United States Marine Corps, each sailor or Marine is given two; in the Navy, everyone is a fireman along with another specific M.O.S. In the Marine Corps, everyone is a rifleman along with another M.O.S. For years, when a person entered the military, he or she was given a particular M.O.S. and it stayed with the person for his or her entire career. Now, given the changes to the military over the years, a service person can hold different M.O.S positions. C.W.O. Lyman held the following positions: M.O.S. 0212 Personnel Clerk; Duty Inspector; U.S.M.C. Weather Observer 6821; U.S.M.C. Weather Forecaster 6842; Meteorological Clerk.

Chad Robert Lyman, son of Robert W. Lyman and Patricia Nolan Muck of Silver Creek, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on May 20, 1997. Upon completion of recruit training (boot camp) at Parris Island, S.C., then-Private Lyman attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Geiger, N.C. Upon completion of MCT in October 1997, Private Lyman attended the Personnel Clerks’ Course at Camp Johnson, N.C. and earned the 0121 Personnel Clerk, Military Occupational Specialty in December 1997. During his time at Camp Johnson, N.C., Private Lyman was promoted to Private First Class in November 1997 and earned a Meritorious Mast for finishing third in his class.

Private First Class Lyman was then assigned to Headquarter and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in January 1998, and performed the duties of a Service Record Book clerk. In April 1998, he was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal prior to being reassigned to Headquarter Company, Headquarters Battalion. While a member of Headquarters Battalion Lance Corporal Lyman performed the duties of a Personnel Clerk, and was a member of the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Color Guard and USMC Ball Pageant Team. In June 1999, Lance Corporal Lyman was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Highlight: Corporal Lyman was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at the end of his tour. The award was in recognition of his performance during his time at Headquarters Battalion, and specifically for going above and beyond the line of duty and helping numerous Marines recoup back pay and promotions that were up to nine months overdue.

In April 2000, Corporal Lyman returned to his home state and served as a member of the active duty Inspector-Instructor staff in Buffalo. While a member of the staff, Corporal Lyman’s main duties were to provide administrative support to the reserve unit, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. Additional duties with the Inspector-Instructor staff included performing as the Color Sergeant for local parades and events, supporting the Toys for Tots program, community outreach and serving as a member the Western New York USMC Military funeral detail that provided military funeral honors to over 100 local veterans. In March 2001, Corporal Lyman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Additional achievements and accomplishments while serving in Buffalo included being selected as the 2001, 25th Marine Regiment (Active) Non-Commissioned Officer of the year and the honor graduate of the Senior Clerks course at Camp Johnson, N.C.

Highlight: Sergeant Lyman was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at the end of his tour. The award was in recognition of his performance during his time at Inspector-Instructor Staff Buffalo, and specifically for going above and beyond the line of duty and auditing over three years of travel claims prior to reporting to the unit.

This resulted in the payment of over $17,000 worth of unpaid travel claims to numerous Marines within the reserve unit, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment.

In June 2002, Sergeant Lyman was reassigned to the Marine Detachment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. for a Military Occupational Specialty reclassification. Sergeant Lyman attended and completed the Marine Corps Weather Observer course and was awarded the 6821 Marine Corps Weather Observer Military Occupational Specialty. Sergeant Lyman received a Meritorious Mast for earning a 99 percent grade point average and being a distinguished graduate.

In October 2002, Sergeant Lyman was transferred to Air Field Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 in Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. During this time, Sergeant Lyman performed the duties as a Weather Observer at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Facility, Bogue Field, N.C. From February 2003 to June 2003, Sergeant Lyman deployed to Kuwait and Iraq with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Lyman acted as the duty HMMWV (Humvee) driver for the Forward Arming Refueling Point (FARP) Officer-In-Charge.

In December 2003, Sergeant Lyman was again reassigned to the Marine Detachment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS for additional training in the Meteorological and Oceanographic field. Upon graduation in August of 2004 from the Meteorological and Oceanographic Analyst/Forecasters Course, Sergeant Lyman earned the Marine Corps Weather Forecaster (6842) Military Occupational Specialty, and was transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Service Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz.

Sergeant Lyman served as a Weather Forecaster at MCAS Yuma from August 2004 to June 2008. During this time, he transferred back and forth between H & HS Squadron and Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 several times. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in December of 2004, and subsequently deployed to Iraq from February 2005 to September 2005, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May 2008, Staff Sergeant Lyman was promoted the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

Highlight: Staff Sergeant Lyman was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at the end of his deployment in Iraq. The award was in recognition of his performance and leadership.

In June 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Lyman transferred to Headquarter and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. During this time, Gunnery Sergeant Lyman served as the Flight Services Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge. In October 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Lyman was selected for the Marine Corps Warrant Officer program.

Highlight: Gunnery Sergeant Lyman was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at the end of his tour. The award was in recognition of his performance and leadership.

NEXT?WEEK: Part two.