Master Gunnery Sergeant Brooks was born on July 15th, 1979, in Stillwater Minnesota. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 21, 1997, and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, California.
In August 1997, he reported to the Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) at Camp Pendleton California where he received the primary MOS of 0331 (Machine Gunner). In October 1997, Private First Class Brooks reported to Marine Corps Security Force School (MCSFS) and graduated in December 1997.
In January 1998, Private First Class Brooks reported to Marine Corps Security Forces London England. During this time, he served as a Sentry and Corporal of the Guard. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and Corporal during this tour.
In May 1999, Cpl Brooks reported to 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines and served as a Machine Gun Team Leader and Squad Leader. During his time with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines, he deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and was promoted to Sergeant.
In February 2001, Sgt Brooks reported to Marine Corps Security Forces Training Company (MCSFTCo) Chesapeake, Virginia. During his time with MCSFTCo, Sergeant Brooks served as a Physical Security and Tactics Instructor.
In December 2003, Sgt Brooks reported to 1st Battalion 8th Marines and served as a Machine Gun Squad Leader and a Rifle Platoon Sergeant. During his tour with 1st Battalion 8th Marines, he deployed to Iraq, and deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. During his deployment to Iraq, he was Combat Meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant.
In March 2007, SSgt Brooks reported to Marine Combat Instructor School (MCIS) and upon graduation was assigned to Company B, Infantry Training Battalion (ITB). After serving as a Platoon Commander for Company B, he was transferred to the ITB S-3 and served as the Scheduling Chief. After being promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, he transferred to Company A, ITB, and served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant.
In May 2010, GySgt Brooks reported back to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and served as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant and a Company Gunnery Sergeant. During his time, he deployed to Afghanistan twice in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In April 2013, GySgt Brooks received orders to Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG), Twenty-nine Palms California where he served as an Operations and Tactics Instructor Chief and Unit Readiness Planning Course instructor, he was promoted to Master Sergeant during this tour.
In March 2016, MSgt Brooks received orders to 3rd Intel Battalion, Okinawa Japan where he served as the S-3 Assistant Operations Chief.
In March 2017, MSgt Brooks reported to 3d Marine Division, Okinawa Japan where he served as the G-3 Assistant Operations Chief.
In June 2018, MSgt Brooks reported to Marine Corps University Command and Staff College, Quantico Virginia where he served as a student. During this time he received his Master’s Degree in Military Studies and was promoted to Master Gunnery Sergeant.
In July 2019, MGySgt Brooks reported to 1st Battalion 6th Marines where he served as the Battalion Operations Chief. During his time with V16, he deployed to Okinawa in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
In September 2020, MGySgt Brooks reported to Headquarters Company 6th Marine Regiment and is currently serving as the 6th Marine Regimental Operations Chief.
MGySgt Brooks is married to the former Katherine Randall of London, England and has one son Matthew (19) and one daughter Grace (14).
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” Combat Distinguishing Device and (2) Gold Star in Lieu of third award, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with “V” Combat Distinguishing Device and (3) Gold Stars in lieu of fourth award, and the Combat Action Ribbon with (1) Gold Star in lieu of second award. Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.