Sergeant Major Robert Pullen completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, Ca, in September 1989 and was assigned to Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, NC where he was trained as a Landing Support Specialist, MOS 0481. Following the completion of MOS training, he was assigned to Third Landing Support Battalion, Third Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan.
During September 1990, Sergeant Major Pullen deployed to OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Upon redeployment to Okinawa, he participated in OPERATION SEA ANGEL conducting disaster relief in Bangladesh in the wake of a typhoon. He also participated in OPERATION FIERY VIGIL in the Philippines after the Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted. He was then re-assigned to Third Landing Support Battalion, where held the billet of Squad Leader and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal. During this tour, Sergeant Major Pullen was named Marine of the Quarter for Third Force Service Support Group in 1991.
In July of 1992, Sergeant Major Pullen transferred to Second Landing Support Battalion for duty as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. In October of 1992 he transferred to MEU Service Support Group 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, where he served on the Landing Force Shore Party for three deployments and participated in contingency operations to include: OPERATION PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT and SHARP GUARD. In April 1996, he reported back to Company C, Second Landing Support Battalion where he served as a Landing Support Platoon Sergeant. During this tour, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In September 1996, Sergeant Major Pullen reported to Drill Instructor School, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Second Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Parris Island, South Carolina where he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor in Fox Company. Sergeant Major Pullen also served an eight month quota as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for Physical Conditioning Platoon, Special Training Company, Recruit Training Regiment. During this tour, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In December 1999, Sergeant Major Pullen graduated the Career Course at SNCOA, Camp Geiger, North Carolina as the honor graduate. He then transferred to Second Transportation Support Battalion, Second Force Service Support Group where he served as Company Gunnery Sergeant for Charlie Company. During this tour, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Sergeant Major Pullen also participated in Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) in Twentynine Palms, California; Exercise Rolling Thunder in support of 10th Marine Regiment in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Exercise Dynamic Mix in Thessaloniki, Greece.
In January 2002, he reported to Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eleven, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan for duty as a Combat Cargo Assistant where he served as a liaison between the Commander, Landing Forces and the Commander, Amphibious Task Force. During this tour, he conducted numerous exercises with the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In February 2004, Sergeant Major Pullen transferred to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron One, Okinawa, Japan, for duty as the Wing Embarkation Chief. During this assignment, he planned for the airlift and sealift embarkation of all UDP and local units for operations and exercises throughout the III MEF area of operations. During this tour, he was selected and frocked to the rank of First Sergeant. In May 2005, he reported to Marine Tactical Control Squadron 18, Marine Air Control Group 18, for duty as acting Sergeant Major and was subsequently assigned as the Battery First Sergeant for First Stinger Battery, Marine Air Control Group 18. From July through September 2006, Sergeant Major Pullen served on the FY 2006 Staff Sergeant Selection Board in Quantico, Virginia.
In January 2007, Sergeant Major reported to Bravo Company, Foreign Military Training Unit, Marine Special Operations Command, United States Special Operations Command for duty as Company First Sergeant. During this tour, he also served with Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, and Third Marine Special Operations Battalion.
In December 2008, Sergeant Major Pullen reported to Company G, Second Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division for duty as Company First Sergeant. During this tour, he deployed to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and participated in OPERATIONS RIVER LIBERTY, KANJARI and KAPCHA KUFAC II, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. During this tour, he was selected and promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major.
In January 2010, Sergeant Major Pullen reported to Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, where he completed a six month UDP in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.
In December 2011, Sergeant Major Pullen was posted as the Sergeant Major, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing.
In January 2012, Sergeant Major Pullen completed the USMC Senior Enlisted PME resident course in Quantico, Virginia
On February 28, 2013, Sergeant Major Pullen assumed his duties as Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division. During 2014, he deployed with the Battalion to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Additionally, during deployment, he held the billet of Task Force Sergeant Major, Task Force Belleau Wood, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.
April 10, 2015, Sergeant Major Pullen is currently serving as Battalion Sergeant Major, Headquarters & Service Battalion, HQMC, Henderson Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington VA.
Sergeant Major Pullen's personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal (Second Award), Meritorious Service Medal (Second Award), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Fifth award), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Third award), Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.