William T. Stables was born and raised in Giles County, V.A. He entered recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. July 27, 1982. Upon graduation, he reported to Infantry Training School, Camp Lejeune, N.C. for initial training and follow-on assignment to 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division, as an anti tank assault-man.
Following completion of his assignments at Camp Lejeune, Corporal Stables attended Marine Security Guard School in January 1987. Upon graduation, he served at the United States Embassy in Bonn, Germany and at the United States Consulates in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. and Frankfurt, Germany.
In September 1989 Staff Sergeant Stables reported for duty to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant. During his tenure with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Staff Sergeant Stables deployed in support of a UNITAS mission and served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Commander.
From December 1991 to December 1992, Staff Sergeant Stables served the Company Security Chief and as the Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missile Platoon Sergeant and for Headquarters Company, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division until he was selected to attend Drill Instructor School. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., he served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Series Chief Drill Instructor and as Drill Master.
In April 1996, Gunnery Sergeant Stables was assigned to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 29 Palms, C.A. where he served as Company Operations Chief and Company First Sergeant.
In June 1999, First Sergeant Stables reported for duty to 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, where he served as a Battery First Sergeant. In May 2001, First Sergeant Stables served as the 2d Marine Division's Inspector Sergeant Major. From 2002 to 2003, he served as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters and Communications Companies, 2d Marine Division.
Sergeant Major Stables reported for duty to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 in May 2003 where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major. In September 2004, he was reassigned to the 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division.
In January of 2007, Sergeant Major Stables reported for duty to 23d Marine Regiment, San Bruno, California, where he served as the regimental Inspector Instructor Sergeant Major.
In April 2009, Sergeant Major Stables reported for duty to 2d Marine Logistics Group, 2d Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as the Group Sergeant Major. SgtMaj Stables assumed his current duties as the Marine Forces Pacific Sergeant Major in July, 2012.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.