Command Sgt. Maj. Mark E. Poindexter is a native of Hallsville, Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1990; completed Recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California and School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California. In January 1997, he enlisted in the Army.
He has served in a variety of positions and assignments including rifleman, guard and corporal of the guard for Marine Corps Security Forces Company, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; heavy machine gunner and fire team leader for Weapons Company, 2nd Counter-Mech 1st Battalion 9th Marines and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, California; fire team and squad leader of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Ft. Drum, New York. His overseas assignments include Diego Garcia; Sinai, Egypt; and Somalia. Africa.
Poindexter entered recruiting command in October 2000 and was assigned to the Tampa Battalion as a detail recruiter in Naples, Florida. He served as station commander for both Naples and Kissimmee Recruiting Stations; master trainer for 2nd Recruiting Brigade; station commander of Central Park Recruiting Station and Ft. Lauderdale Recruiting Company First Sergeant, Miami Battalion; operations NCO and senior master Trainer for 1st Recruiting Brigade; operations sergeant major for Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. His last assignment was Command Sergeant Major Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion.
His military education includes Marine Corps Security Force Basic Security Guard Course, Machine Gunnery Course, Army Airlift Operations Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Recruiter Trainer Course, Senior Leader Course, Department of the Army and Recruiting Command First Sergeant Courses, Master Resiliency Trainer Course and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 65.
Poindexter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (one bronze service star), Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numerical device 4), Army Service Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, United Nations Medal, Multinational Force Observers Medal, Army Superior Unit Accommodation (2), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Expert Infantryman Badge, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver’s Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphires, Recruiter Ring, Glen E. Morrell Award, Marine Corps Expert Rifle Badge, Marine Corps Sharpshooter Pistol Badge and Marine Corps Meritorious Mast.
Poindexter is married and has four children.