Sergeant Major Paul G. McKenna is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
He is the principal advisor to the Commander on all enlisted matters. His responsibilities include providing the Commander with the enlisted perspective on strategic vision, goals, objectives, theater security cooperation, and enlisted professional development. Additionally, he is responsible for mentoring Senior Enlisted Leaders throughout the Component Commands and JTF's as well as coordinating with Headquarters Staff Agencies, Commanders, and Senior Enlisted Personnel on matters pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent, enlisted utilization and implementation of command policy.
Sergeant Major McKenna is a native of Trenton, NJ., where he enlisted in the Marine Corps on 18 March 1986.
Assignments in the Operating Forces include: MWSS 373, 3D MAW, MCAS El Toro CA; MP Company, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA; 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC; Combat Assault Battalion, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; Headquarters Battalion, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. CE 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.
Combat History: CSSG-11, 11th MEU/SOC Feb 92 – Jun 93 Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), BLT 1/6 22nd MEU/
SOC Dec 03 – Oct 04 Operation Enduring Freedom (Southern, Afghanistan) & Operation Iraqi Freedom (Kuwait), 3d
MarDiv, RCAC/ETT 4-1 Aug 06 – Aug 07 Operation Enduring Freedom (Eastern, Afghanistan), SPMAGTF-A/RCT-3
Oct 08 - Sep 09 Operation Enduring Freedom (Southern, Afghanistan).
Assignments in the Supporting Establishments include: Guard Duty, Naval Command Center, Pentagon; HRST
Instructor, Division Schools, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; Drill Instructor, MCRD, San Diego, CA; Instructor,
Officer Candidate School, Quantico VA; Platoon Commander/Security department and NCOIC Anacostia Alert Facility,
HMX-1 as well as the Guard Chief at The Presidential retreat Camp David during POTUS visits.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit w/ two gold stars
Bronze Star w/ one gold star
Meritorious Service Medal w/ one gold star
Navy Commendation Medal w/ three gold stars & two combat distinguishing devices
Navy Achievement Medal w/ three gold stars
Combat Action w/ one gold star
Presidential Service Badge