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Diatribes of a Knucklehead. These posts are owned by David Devaney and republished with his permission.

David was born in Geneva New York and graduated from Geneva High School in 1980.  He joined the Marine Corps on a guaranteed Infantry contract in April of 1983.  After graduating boot camp he was stationed in Hawaii with 3rdBattalion 3rd Marines (3/3).  While assigned to 3/3 he held billets as a rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader.  During 1986 Corporal (Cpl) Devaney was selected as a member of Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine.  Upon graduation of Scout Sniper School he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Section of 3/3 STA Platoon.

During his second deployment as a Scout Sniper with 3/3 he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt).  After a tour on the drill field from 1989-1991 Sgt Devaney returned to STA 3/3 were he deployed two more times.  During 1994 Sgt Devaney was selected to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and ordered to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Special Operation Training Group (SOTG); while at SOTG SSgt Devaney was assigned as a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Urban Sniper Instructor and Chief Instructor.  At the time III MEF SOTG Instructors were members of Joint Task Force 510 (JTF 510 CT); a Counter Terrorism Task Force.  In 1998 he deployed to Operation Desert Fox with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4 and was attached to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 572/594 as a sniper.

SSgt Devaney deployed again, during 2000, with ODA 135/136/132 to Malaysia as member of JTF 510, working with the Malaysian National Police.  After leaving SOTG Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Devaney was assigned to Company A 1st Battalion 7th Marine, and spent much of his time training the Scout Snipers of 1/7.  Just before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant (1stSgt) and led 270 Marines, sailors, and soldiers during combat – receiving a Bronze Star Medal for destroying the enemy and their will to fight.  During 2004 1st Sgt Devaney was ordered to duty as the Inspector Instructor Staff 1st Sgt for 2nd Beach and Terminal Operations Company, Savannah, Georgia.

During 2007 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) and received orders to Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) stationed at Cherry Point, NC.  There he trained a CADRE which in turn trained a massive Quick Reaction Force in combat operations.  After two more deployments to Iraq SgtMaj Devaney received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA.  SgtMaj Devaney retired from the Marine Corps on 31 December 20013.  He now works as an adjunct combat instructor at the “Crucible’’ in Fredericksburg, VA.  David once served on the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association.