One of the Division's finest Sergeant Majors. Highly respected at all levels; expertise is sought after when regarding Division level issues. Remarkable success in managing and leading the Division's second largest Battalion. Inspires his Marines daily through leadership presence and interaction. Always takes the extra step and time in education young leaders and assisting Marines and Sailors. I enthusiastically recommend SgtMaj Vetter for increasingly challenging billets, specifically at the General Officer billet level.

BGEN J.J. McMenamin, Asst Div Commander


Daily performance directly impacts the Battalion's mission success-his positive impact reaches well into unit's success in OIF deployments, MEU deployments, combat readiness, training events, and daily welfare of 1400 Marines and Sailors. Exceptional example for all Marines. Tremendous teacher, particularly for Company 1stSgts and SNCOs – effectively grooms them for future billets and increased responsibility.

LTCOL M.L. Kuhn, Battalion Commander


Phenomenal SgtMaj in all aspects; flawlessly serves as senior enlisted leader for over 1400 Marines and Sailors. Highly dedicated and motivated – gets out to workspaces and sees the Marines daily. Actively involved and experienced in all facets of the Battalion – garrison, admin, operations, logistics, support. Unmatched common sense, integrity, leadership by example, team building. Solution oriented. Invaluable sounding board for the officers, commanders, SNCOs, Marines. The critical link in managing personnel and SNCO billet assignments for 5 companies while supporting OIF rotations, dwell, career progression requirements. Would serve with this Marine anytime, anywhere. I enthusiastically recommend SgtMaj Vetter for billets of increased responsibility; well suited as a SgtMaj for a General Officer.

LTCOL M.L. Kuhn, Battalion Commander


This fitness report is not inflated! Sgt Major Vetter is the best SgtMaj in the Regiment and arguably the division. He possesses a rare balance of tactical and technical expertise, intellectual acumen, political savvy and unshakable regard and dedication to the Marines in his charge. This Regiment lost a tremendous asset. I expect to see he him SgtMaj of the Marine Corps one day. He is destined for higher-level commands.

Col T. L. Cariker, Regimental Commander


Continued superior performance as the battalion’s senor enlisted advisor and mentor, he sets the standard within 3d Battalion. His quiet and efficient approach to his duties earned the lion’s share of credit for the many accolades the battalion has garnered during his tenure – he truly sets the tone and tenor for everything the battalion does. Provide me the sage advice, counseling and references necessary to make hard, consistent decisions. Stellar example to the Maries in terms of professional conduct, initiative, military presence/bearing and all-around physical conditioning – he always leads from the front! I view his move as a personal and professional loss – he will no doubt excel in his future assignment and is worth of my highest praise and recommendation to the challenges offered by a Regt level position. Easily falls in the top 1% of all marines with who I have served. Retain the superb SNCO.

Lt Col J. Q. Hall, Battalion Commander


His advice & counsel was sought on each & every hard decision I made during our 18 months together. Took the lead on three separate Serious Incident Reports (2 involved deaths) of the 3d Bn Marines. Ensured each report was timely and accurate in addition to notifying appropriate personnel for Command follow-on actions. Reputation and performance made him the go-to-guy in the Regt. This exemplifies the initiative SgtMaj Vetter displayed each and every day, making things happen.

Lt Col J. Q. Hall, Battalion Commander


An exceptional source of command experience and mature, measured guidance. Sergeant Major Vetter’s performance during this period is reflected in the significant accomplishments of his Marines and Sailors. Holds himself and all others to the same high standards of performance and conduct demanded by our Corps.

MAJGEN S.T. JOHNSON, USMC


A valued confidant, his insights and sincere commitment facilitates an extremely positive and consistent command climate built on professional conduct, personal accountability, and mission focus. His personal example reflects the same high standards of performance and conduct he demands of all others. Firm but fair in his every action, he addresses problems systematically, with timeliness and complete professionalism. Sergeant Major Vetter has exceeded all my expectations.

LTCOL T. G. HOLDEN, USMC


Stellar example of professional conduct, initiative and all-around physical conditioning – he always leads from the front! Easily falls in the top 1% of all Marines with whom I have served.

LTCOL J. Q. HALL, USMC


He is intelligent, articulate and well respected by his peers, seniors, and subordinates. He is a team player. Possess exceptional judgment and balanced leadership style.

COL T. L. CARIKER, USMC


Sets the example for all to follow. Leads from the front. Firm, yet fair with subordinates.

COL J. A. PACE, USMC


Calm, methodical, extremely effective, and intelligent – he quickly earned my implicit trust and confidence of all his primary responsibilities, as well as a host of others. Team player – applies his initiative, experience, and leadership. Firm, fair, unbiased leader. Demands high-standards of performance from himself and others. Communicates effectively at all levels.

LTCOL J. Q. HALL, USMC


Unsurpassed results. Uses sound coaching and mentoring skills to improve and develop the leadership climate of the battery. Extremely articulate. Sought out by all ranks for candid, calm input/advice.

LTCOL W. J. LEITHEISER JR, USMC


Leads from the front and is engaged in all personnel and operational aspects of the battery. Tackles all difficult tasks personally, then trains his subordinates to handle the same. Continuously strives to develop the leadership and overall effectiveness of his unit.

CAPT R. M. CLARK, USMC


A top-notch performer. Handles all administrative duties, promotions and legal issues flawlessly. Superb ability to communicate effectively, providing honest input and straightforward advice. Addresses and solves any problems that arise with insight and creativity. Readily offers sound, professional recommendations, based on experience, that have contributed markedly to continued operational and administrative success of organization.

LTCOL J.H. OHEY, USMC


Extraordinary leadership abilities and professionalism. Possesses superior organizational skills and truly an administrative expert. His example of self-discipline, physical fitness and field skills dramatically raised the morale and esprit de corps of this unit.

CAPT R. M. CLARK, USMC


Capable and professional leader. His organizational skills, intelligence, and situational awareness and leadership propelled his unit through two major deployments. Recognized by all as a true professional. Sought out for his in-depth knowledge on matters pertaining to personnel administration, leadership, legal and professional development. Tackles all assignments with vigor.

LTCOL W. J. LEITHEISER JR, USMC


At his best when confronted with difficult and demanding situations. Handles them all with aplomb. Does not hesitate to make others do their job to produce superior results. Unselfishly gives of himself to others and is always willing to go the extra mile. A great motivator through his actions.

LTCOL W. J. LEITHEISER JR, USMC


Firm…Fair…Tactful…Dependable…Persuasive… A team-builder that spots potential problems and negotiates proper solutions. Extremely effective communicator when speaking publicly or privately. Willingly participates along side Marines in all Company events. Effective writer. A good listener.

MAJ G. C. MCLAIN, USMC

 

 


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