Sergeant Major Simburger enlisted in the Marine Corps in October of 1988 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina in July of 1989 for recruit training. Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training, he was transferred to Marine Corps Communications Electronics School, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California for training as a field radio operator. After completion of MOS school, Sergeant Major Simburger reported to 7th Communications Battalion, Okinawa, Japan for duty with Company A. In December of 1990, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal.
In October of 1991, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Shortly after arrival, Sergeant Major Simburger was reassigned as the communications chief, SPMAGTF UNITAS XXXIII. Upon completion of their deployment, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 3d Battalion, 6th Marines and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 1994. Sergeant Major Simburger participated in contingency operations Continue Hope, Deny Flight, and Uphold Democracy. Upon return from that deployment, Sergeant Major Simburger attended Sergeant’s Course Class 1-95 and graduated as the honor graduate.
In April of 1995, Sergeant Major Simburger reported to Drill Instructor School Class 3-95, MCRD, San Diego. Upon completion of school, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned to Company G, 2d Battalion. After successfully completing his tour, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), I MEF Headquarters Group (MHG), Camp Pendleton, California as a radio chief. Upon the deactivation of 1st ANGLICO in May of 1999, Sergeant Major Simburger assumed the duties as the communications chief, I Marine Liaison Element, I MHG.
In May of 2000, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to the Inspector/Instructor Staff, 3D ANGLICO, Long Beach, California and assumed the duties as the I&I communications chief. In April of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant and assumed the duties as a static line jumpmaster and the assistant parachute safety officer. Upon the unit’s activation in January of 2003, Sergeant Major Simburger was assigned as the team chief, supporting arms liaison team “G”, 3d Brigade Platoon. He was subsequently attached to the 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (The Paras), 16th Air Assault Brigade, I U.K. Division for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon return from OIF, Sergeant Major Simburger was selected for and promoted to the rank of first sergeant.
In May of 2004, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to 8th Communication Battalion, II MEF, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned to Company A. Sergeant Major Simburger deployed in support of OIF 04-06.2, from August 2005 to March 2006. In May of 2007, Sergeant Major Simburger was transferred to MCRD, San Diego and assumed the duties as the First Sergeant for Company B, First Battalion. In May of 2008, Sergeant Major Simburger was promoted to his present rank and was posted as the Battalion Sergeant Major for 1st Recruit Training Battalion in June of 2008 until April of 2009 when he assumed the duties as the Support Battalion Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Simburger relinquished his post as the Support Battalion Sergeant Major on 19 February 2010 and assumed the position as the Sergeant Major, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion on 4 March 2010.
Sergeant Major Simburger’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4th award), and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a qualified parachutist and is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist insignia. Sergeant Major Simburger is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Static Line Jumpmaster Course and Pathfinder Course.