Master Sgt. Pauline L. Franklin
Senior Enlisted Advisor, Marine Corps Activity Guam
Master Sergeant Franklin was born June 1, 1973, in Twentynine Palms, CA. She graduated high school at the Academy of Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, in 1991 and attended Las Positas College in Livermore, CA. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1995 and completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC.
Private First Class Franklin attended the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, MD, where she completed the Basic Journalist Course and the Basic Broadcaster Course to become a Combat Correspondent. She was then assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to serve as a correspondent in the station Public Affairs Office. During this tour, she participated in Exercise Cobra Gold, a joint and combined exercise in Thailand focused on interoperability and multinational coordination and training.
Corporal Franklin then reported to Marine Barracks Washington, DC, the oldest active post in the Marine Corps and a registered national historic landmark. There she served in the Public Affairs Office as a correspondent and editor of the organization’s magazine while also supporting the Corps’ premier ceremonial units, to include the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the official Marine Corps Color Guard. During this tour, her efforts led to the organization’s magazine earning second place in the Magazine Format category and a personal award of second place in the Picture Story category of the annual Marine Corps-wide awards program known as the Combat Correspondents Association and Division of Public Affairs Merit Awards.
Sergeant Franklin then transferred to Okinawa, Japan, where she served as the managing editor of the base newspaper, product distribution chief, and press chief in the Consolidated Public Affairs Office while supporting joint and combined exercises in the Pacific region. During this tour, she also earned first place in the Marine Corps and second place in the Department of Defense for excellence in feature writing through the annual Merit Awards program and the DoD Thomas Jefferson Awards program.
Staff Sergeant Franklin reported next to Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Antonio, TX, where she served as the Marketing and Public Affairs representative and earned recognition for her efforts to support Marine recruiters throughout 62,000 square miles of South Texas. Her experience in recruiting then led to her assignment as the Public Affairs Chief for Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, VA. There she supported community outreach and Public Affairs activities throughout the United States to assist six recruiting districts and 48 recruiting stations in their efforts to provide opportunities for America’s young men and women.
Gunnery Sergeant Franklin then transferred to 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC, where she served as the Public Affairs Chief. During her tour, she deployed with the division to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for 12 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There she supported deployments of 4 Regimental Combat Teams, 31 Marine battalions, 3 Georgian battalions, and the Afghan National Army in communicating the successes of division units, Afghan and Coalition partners to both United States and international audiences.
Gunnery Sergeant Franklin reported to Guam July 2012 and was promoted to her current rank of Master Sergeant in March 2013. She currently serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, as well as the Public Affairs Chief, for Marine Corps Activity Guam.
Master Sergeant Franklin’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award.