The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee announced its Service Members of the Month (SMOM) for June and July.
Cpl. Tyler J. Schuler, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment is distinguished as the SMOM for the month of June by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.
Schuler was born 20 March 1994 in Lansing, Michigan. He was raised and lived in Howell, Michigan for 23 years. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps May 15, 2017, and completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina on 11 August 2017 where he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of private first class. He attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger in September 2017. Schuler reported to training at the Field Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He distinguished himself with the third highest grade point average in his graduating class.
Schuler was assigned to Battery C, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune on Nov. 11, 2017. He quickly assumed the billet of recorder as a private first class, a billet regularly appointed to the most trusted and experienced noncommissioned officers. During his time as a recorder, he assisted in the safe, timely and highly accurate firing of approximately 2,100 155mm projectiles for his howitzer section. Schuler ultimately assisted in the success of Battery C during Exercise Rolling Thunder, where his battery earned the title “Top Battery” in 10th Marine Regiment. Schuler completed the M777A2 Howitzer Gunner’s Course on Sept. 20, 2018 and became a certified gunner for his section.
Schuler deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and was stationed at Camp Hansen on Aug. 17, 2018 to participate in the unit deployment program. He held the billet of assistant howitzer section chief. Schuler proved himself to be worthy of this billet by consistently out performing his peers and multiple superiors, which is a testament to his knowledge and his superior ability to effectively lead others.
Schuler returned from deployment on Feb. 12, 2019. In March 2019, Schuler won the Marine of the Quarter Board at the 10th Marine Regiment. In May 2019, Schuler won the Meritorious Corporal Board at the 10th Marine Regiment. Schuler was determined to become a howitzer section chief. The howitzer section chief course is reserved for the most proficient and experienced noncommissioned officers in the regiment. The strict rank requirement to attend the course was waived by the 10th Marine Regiment field artillery chief and Schuler was enthusiastically nominated to attend. Schuler graduated the Howitzer Section Chief Course on May 13, 2019. He distinguished himself amongst the 18 noncommissioned officers in attendance when he graduated with a grade point average of 92 percent, the second highest in the class. Additionally, Schuler demonstrated his superior performance throughout the duration of the course and scored a 273 on the physical fitness test, earning the highest score in his graduating class.
Schuler served as an assistant howitzer section chief and records management noncommissioned officer in charge for guns platoon, Battery C. On June 2, 2019, Schuler was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal. Following his meritorious promotion, Schuler received his appointment as a howitzer section chief in Battery C, where he is trusted with the accountability and maintenance of approximately three million dollars of gear and the lives, personal and professional development of the 10 Marines under his charge.
Schuler’s personal decorations include a Certificate of Commendation, two Meritorious Mast, and one Certificate of Appreciation.
Sgt. Matthew A. Fleming, instructor evaluator, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) was named the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee SMOM of July, 2019.
“Sgt. Fleming performs his duties on a daily basis far above reproach for members of his pay grade,” wrote Lt. Col. William Slack, commanding officer for CNATT, in Fleming’s admissions packet. “He has quickly become an asset to CNATT New River, as well as, the Flightline Division.
A native of Gresham, Oregon, Fleming enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Sept. 2012, where he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Recruit Fleming graduated from Third Recruit Training Battalion, Lima Company, in Nov. of 2012.
Fleming transferred to Camp Pendleton where he attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) in January 2013. Upon completion of MCT, Fleming then reported to school at CNATT on Marine Corps Air Station New River. There, Fleming was promoted to private first class, and graduated as a 6116 MV-22 Flight-line Mechanic. Upon completion, he reported to VMM-764 MCAS Miramar.
While assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764, Fleming served as an MV-22 Osprey flightline mechanic and aided with the standup of the nation’s first MV-22 Osprey Marine Corps Reserve Squadron. Shortly after arrival, Fleming was promoted to lance corporal. Fleming’s motivation allowed him to quickly gain qualifications and serve as a plane captain and collateral duty inspector in the Flightline Division. Fleming’s advancements helped the squadron achieve Mission Operational Capability and then Full Operational Capability, leading to his recognition as Marine of the Quarter on two separate occasions.
In October 2015, Fleming was promoted to corporal. During his tour, he detached to Brazil in 2015 to support exercise UNITAS as a Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative (CDQAR). At the time, Fleming aided VMM-764 in achieving the record for the longest transcontinental MV-22 Osprey flight ever. While deployed, Fleming served as the squadron’s phase maintenance coordinator. Fleming was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant, in December 2016.
In 2017, Fleming deployed to Moron, Spain, in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Crisis Response Africa. There, he managed night crew as a CDQAR and ensured the success of the revamped six plant Split Detachment Program, ultimately leading to the highest MV-22 mission capable percentages the Marine Corps V-22 Program had achieved at SPMAGTF Crisis Response Africa. After the deployment, Fleming reported to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training New River in January 2018, where he currently serves as a MV-22 Osprey flightline instructor evaluator.
Fleming’s advancements at CNATT New River lead him to become an Instructor Evaluator and teach multiple upcoming instructors. Sgt Fleming’s collateral duties include; instructor evaluator, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Uniformed Victim Advocate, Advance Skills Management, unit fleet administrator, CDQAR, and High Intensity Tactical Training Instructor. Sgt Fleming is currently progressing in the qualification syllabus to become one of the few master training specialists within the Flightline Division, and is currently attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Fleming’s personal awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, a Global war on Terrorism Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, one Certificate of Commendation, two Meritorious Mass and five Letters of Appreciation.
Congratulations to the 2019 Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee’s Service Members of the Month (SMOM) for June and July, Cpl. Tyler Schuler and Sgt. Matthew Fleming. SMOM honorees receive a number of gifts on behalf of local businesses and philanthropists. Additionally, any service member receiving the honor is automatically nominated to be named the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee’s Service Member of the Year, an honor awarded in February. For more information on the SMOM visit