Gunnery Sergeant Gates was born on 14 July, 1984 in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas in May of 2002 and entered the Marine Corps on 30 July, 2002. He underwent recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California, in which he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class upon graduation.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates reported to the School of Infantry for Marine Combat Training in November of 2002. Upon graduation, he reported to the Marine Corps Communications Electronics School in Twentynine Palms, California for MOS training, completing the Basic Electronics Course and the Ground Radio Intermediate Repairman Course. Gunnery Sergeant Gates was promoted to Lance Corporal during this time, graduating in September of 2004 with orders to Okinawa, Japan.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates served with 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Electronics Maintenance Company, Camp Hansen Detachment where he was assigned as a High Frequency technician and Section Head until September of 2004. During his tour in Okinawa, Gunnery Sergeant Gates deployed to Thailand in support of Operation Cobra Gold.
In September of 2004 Gunnery Sergeant Gates was reassigned to Reparable Management Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group in Camp Pendleton, California where he served as a High Frequency technician and Micro-miniature Circuit Card repairman. Gunnery Sergeant Gates earned the rank of Corporal in April of 2005.
In February of 2006 Gunnery Sergeant Gates deployed to Iraq as an Individual Augment to Company B, 2nd MP Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. As a part of this unit he served as a Team Leader with 2nd Squad, leading route clearance and convoy security missions throughout the Al Anbar Province. Gunnery Sergeant Gates was promoted to Sergeant in September of 2006. At the end of this tour in Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Gates volunteered to remain in country, moving back to his parent command to hold the billets of Organics Chief and Shipping/Receiving NCOIC. Gunnery Sergeant Gates left Iraq in March of 2007.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates remained with 1st Maintenance Battalion for another year, completing Sergeant’s Course, before checking into Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia in March of 2008. Gunnery Sergeant Gates graduated MSG school as the class Honor Graduate and was posted in Beijing, China where he served as a watch stander, holding several collateral billets.
In June of 2009 Gunnery Sergeant Gates was reassigned to Bucharest, Romania where he served as the Assistant Detachment Commander and Detachment Commander, being promoted to Staff Sergeant in March of 2010 before reporting back to the school house in May of 2010 as a part of the Instructor Staff. While teaching at the Marine Security Guard school, Gunnery Sergeant Gates attended Career Course where he finished as a Distinguished Graduate with the class high GPA.
In May of 2011, having completed his special duty assignment, Gunnery Sergeant Gates transitioned to Twentynine Palms, California for ten months of instruction including the Advanced Electronics Course, where he graduated as the class Honor Graduate, and Electronics Technician Course, where he finished as a Distinguished Graduate.
In April of 2012 he reported into 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines to assume duties as the Communications Maintenance Chief as a part of Headquarters and Service Company. Here, Gunnery Sergeant Gates deployed twice as the Battalion Landing Team (BLT) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Okinawa, Japan.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates arrived at Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, Maryland in September of 2015, where he served as the Communications Maintenance Chief, and Headquarters and Service Company Gunnery Sergeant. Gunnery Sergeant Gates deployed with the unit in several operations and special security events including the Nuclear Security Summit, both Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
In January of 2018, Gunnery Sergeant Gates reported to his present station aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico, attached to the Force Fitness Division. Here, Gunnery Sergeant Gates holds the billet of Physical Readiness Assessor and assists the Inspector General of the Marine Corps in the Unit and Command Inspection Programs.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates’ personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (one gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Gunnery Sergeant Gates is married to Tiffany Elaine Cole of Burleson, Texas. They have one daughter, Audrey Wren Gates.