Germantown High School
Mark of Excellence
SgtMaj Caisse grew up in various states and countries while his father was in the military, mainly living in N.H. He attended High School at Con-Val Regional High School in N.H.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1983 and attended basic training at MCRD Parris Island, SC. In May of 1983 he reported to Field Radio Operator School in MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA. Upon completing this school, he reported for duty with Company C, 2nd Amphibious Assault Vehicles Battalion at Camp LeJeune, NC.
After his tour at 2nd AAV Bn, SgtMaj Caisse served a one year tour in Okinawa, Japan with 7th Communications Bn completing two deployments to Korea for Team Spirit and Bear Hunt exercises and being a member of the 9th Marine Regiment football team .
Upon completing his tour in Okinawa, he reported back to Camp LeJeune for duty. During this period he completed numerous NATO and Mediterranean Sea deployments to include a Non Permissive Non-combatant Evacuation Operation in Monrovia, Liberia (Operation Sharp Edge). Upon returning from this last deployment, SgtMaj Caisse was assigned as the platoon sergeant for a nucleus that was formed to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation’s Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Once in Saudi Arabia the nucleus formed into an MCSSD. During Desert Storm SgtMaj Caisse (then a Sergeant) was a squad leader tasked with both mobile communications and convoy security.
After this tour at Camp LeJeune, he reported to MCAS El Toro, CA. Assigned as platoon sergeant at MWCS-28, SgtMaj Caisse completed numerous MEF exercises and two double CAXs at MCAGCC 29 Palms. In December of 1992 he was a part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia serving as both Communications Marine and providing convoy security for G-2 Marine Forces Headquarters.
In April of 1994, he reported to Recruiters School with subsequent orders to recruiting duty in Northwest Georgia. After serving three successful years in Georgia, he was given orders to 1st Bn, 6th Marines (1/6) at Camp LeJeune, N.C. Completing two deployments with 1/6; one a UDP in Camp Schwab, Okinawa; the other a Mediterranean Sea deployment that included a stop in Kosovo for Operation’s Noble Anvil and Allied force.
In 2000, SgtMaj Caisse reported in to the Direct Air Support Center (DASC) at Cherry Point, N.C. While at the DASC he served as Radio Chief, Communications Chief and Squadron Gunnery Sergeant. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom with Task Force Tarawa Forward during the battle of An Nasaria.
Upon selection to 1stSgt, he received orders to I&I Duty in Lynchburg, VA. He served the subsequent three years in this duty participating in numerous casualty assistance calls, funerals and community relations activities. He was assigned as the company 1stSgt for a one-year period during this tour also.
In April of 2007, SgtMaj Caisse received orders to Combat Logistics Regiment 17 and was assigned as the Company 1stSgt of Landing Support Company.
Seven weeks into this assignment he received orders to Combat Logistics Battalion 15 as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
Selected to his present rank, SgtMaj Caisse received orders to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (The World Famous Purple Foxes) where he served a tour in Al Tequedum, Iraq with the priority mission being casualty evacuation.
Upon return to the U.S., SgtMaj Caisse received orders as the SgtMaj of VMGR-252 at Cherry Point where he served one tour at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan with MALS-40, 2d MAW FWD.
SgtMaj Caisse retired from active duty 01 February 2013 and is now a MCJROTC Instructor at Germantown High School in Madison, Mississippi.
SgtMaj Caisse’s personal decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons.
SgtMaj Caisse is married to the former Stephanie Hanson and has a daughter named Nicole.