Sergeant Major Golden is a native of Missouri. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed recruit training at MCRD/WRR, San Diego, California in August 1997. Following recruit training he was sent to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California. After graduating from SOI, he was assigned to 3d Bn, 1st Marines.
During this tour, he served as an infantryman with Kilo Company and was deployed on two Western Pacific deployments in which he participated in Operation Determined Response and Operation Iron Magic. After his first deployment, then Lance Corporal Golden was given the opportunity to work with the Operations Section. He served as the schools Non-Commissioned Officer as well as the Assistant Operations Chief. It was during this time he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In May of 2002 Sergeant Golden received orders to Recruiting Duty. After graduating Recruiter School, he was assigned to Recruiting Station Denver, Recruiting Sub-Station Rapid City, Permanent Contact Station Gillette, Wyoming. After a successful tour on Recruiting Duty he was assigned to 3d Bn 5th Mar as a Section Leader for Kilo Company, Weapons Platoon. Shortly upon arriving to 3/5 Sergeant Golden was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and became the Platoon Sergeant for the Weapons Platoon. In January of 2006, Staff Sergeant Golden deployed to Iraq with 3/5 and acted as the Personal Security Detachment Leader for the Company Commander. He returned from the deployment in August of 2006 and became the Platoon Commander for 1st platoon.
In April of 2007 Staff Sergeant Golden received orders to 1st Bn, 23d Marines. Staff Sergeant Golden acted as the Training Chief from April 2007 to March of 2010. He also ran the Toys for Tots program, coordinated all the funerals for the unit, and volunteered his time to the Young Marines Program. Staff Sergeant Golden was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in February of 2010. In March of 2010 Gunnery Sergeant Golden became the Operations Chief until he executed orders in June of 2010.
Gunnery Sergeant Golden checked in to 2d Bn, 4th Marines, in June of 2010 where he became the Weapons Platoon Sergeant for Golf Company. Shortly after that he was transferred to Weapons Company to become the Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon Commander. After two months with the Combined Anti-Armor Team it was identified that Headquarters and Service Company was in need of a Company Gunnery Sergeant; Gunnery Sergeant Golden was transferred to Headquarters and Service Company to serve as the Company Gunnery Sergeant. He deployed to Afghanistan with Headquarters and Service Company where he acted as the Camp Commandant for FOB Musa Qalah.
Upon returning from deployment Gunnery Sergeant Golden executed orders to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 in July 2012 where he served as the tactical military adviser. His primary mission while stationed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 was to ensure that every Navy Seabee was proficiently trained in the art of tactics and weaponry. Gunnery Sergeant Golden deployed to Rota, Spain and Okinawa, Japan during his time with this unit. Gunnery Sergeant Golden was promoted to his current rank in April 2015 and received orders to Weapons and Field Training Battalion.
First Sergeant Golden checked in to Weapons and Field Training Battalion in April of 2015 and assumed the billet of the Field Company First Sergeant. He served as the company First Sergeant for approximately one year and was then assigned to Range Company to gain a better understanding of the mission at Edson Range. After ten months as the Range Company First Sergeant he was then re-assigned to Headquarters Company. During this time he also served as the acting Sergeant Major while the billet was gapped for approximately three months. First Sergeant Golden served as the Company First Sergeant for one year before receiving orders to 1st Tank Battalion.
First Sergeant Golden checked in to 1st Tank Battalion in March of 2018 and assumed the billet of Alpha Company First Sergeant for the next 10 months. In January of 2019 he was re-assigned to Headquarters Company to help bring stability and continuity to the company during numerous personnel changes.
First Sergeant Golden was promoted to his current rank in August of 2019 and assumed his post as Sergeant Major of Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 on 30 August 2019.
Sergeant Major Golden’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (with 1 Gold Star in lieu of 2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 2 Gold Star in lieu of 3rd award), Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (with 1 Silver Star and 1 bronze star in lieu of 7th award) and Recruiting Ribbon.