Master Sergeant. Rick Dengler, Band Relations Supervisor

RickDengler.pngRick joins the USBands Department as Band Relations Supervisor, bringing valuable perspective in both recruiting and the performing arts.

He comes to YEA! from his role as the Musician Enlistment Option Program Chief at Headquarters, Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, Va.

Originally from Doylestown, Pa., Rick was accepted into the Marine Corps Music Program and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993. Following recruit training, Private First Class Dengler attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, N.C. and the Armed Forces School of Music at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Va.

Upon completion, Lance Corporal Dengler reported to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga. in 1994 as a saxophonist. He was promoted to Corporal and served on the sound crew and as the loading NCO. Corporal Dengler was transferred to Okinawa, Japan in January 1997 for duty with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band. He was promoted to Sergeant in April of 1997 and served as a squad leader and training NCO.

Sergeant Dengler was then transferred back to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga. in 1998. During this tour, he served as a squad leader, administrative chief, assistant drum major and public affairs SNCOIC. He was selected as a member of the base shooting team, competing at the Eastern Division Shooting Matches at Camp Lejeune in 1999 and 2000 and winning individual silver pistol and bronze rifle medals as well as the prestigious Wirgman Team Trophy.

He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2000 and was selected to return for study at the Armed Forces School of Music. After graduating first in his class at the Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major Course, he we accepted to stay on for the Enlisted Band Leader Course, graduating with honors, second in his class.

Staff Sergeant Dengler was then transferred to the Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, La. for duty as the Enlisted Conductor of the Marine Forces Reserve Band in 2001. During this tour, he attended the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy in Quantico, Va. as a student in the Career Course where he graduated with honors and was awarded the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Writing Award for his leadership essay.

After a successful three-year tour with the Marine Forces Reserve Band, Staff Sergeant Dengler was selected to be the Musician Technical Assistant (MTA) for 8th Marine Corps Recruiting District and reported to the Basic Recruiter School in 2005. He reported for duty with 8th Marine Corps District in March 2005 and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in April of 2006. While serving as the MTA for 8th Marine Corps District, Gunnery Sergeant Dengler was responsible for an area covering 10 states. After three years, tens of thousands of miles traveled, over a thousand auditions, hundreds of high school and college career presentations, Gunnery Sergeant Dengler was ultimately responsible for over 100 new musicians being accepted into the Musician Enlisted Option Program (MEOP).

In 2008, he was transferred to the 2d Marine Division Band, Camp Lejeune N.C., for duty as the Enlisted Conductor. During this tour, he served as the primary trainer for musical readiness, preparing and programming the unit for the rigors of a Division Band; hundreds of military ceremonies. Gunnery Sergeant Dengler reported to the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy as a student for the Advanced Course in July and the Protocol School of Washington in October of 2008. After graduating both schools, he augmented II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Forward and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in theater, Gunnery Sergeant Dengler served as the Protocol and Staff Secretary Chief for the Commanding General of II MEF Forward. Following the nine-month deployment, he returned to his prior billet with the 2d Marine Division Band.

In April of 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Dengler was transferred within the MEF to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Band, Cherry Point, N.C., and was promoted to his current rank in April of 2010. After a short one-year stint as the Bandmaster for the 2nd MAW Band, he was tapped to take over his most recent position as the Musician Enlistment Option Program Chief.

Master Sergeant Dengler’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 3rd award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2nd award, Good Conduct Medal 6th Award, Navy Unit Commendation 4th award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal 2nd Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon 2nd award and the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon.