Marine Corps Sgt. Kenneth Newton - a Colorado Springs native - will complete his tour as the 37th Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps during an April 6 ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington D.C.
While serving as the 37th Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps, Newton represented fellow marines at all formal ceremonial commitments requiring Marine Corps' battle colors. He also served as the Marine Corps representative for joint service ceremonies requiring the Presidential Color at the White House.
The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps leads the official Color Guard Platoon at Marine Corps Barracks Washington D.C., and is the senior sergeant in the Marine Corps. The position serves as an example in appearance, performance and leadership for all marine non-commissioned officers.
The first Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps was Gunnery Sgt. Shelton L. Eakin in 1965. Eakin was later commissioned as a second lieutenant before he was killed in action in Vietnam in 1966, according to the Marine Corps website.
Before serving as the Color Sergeant, Newton was a machine gunner assigned to an infantry unit at Camp Pendleton, California. He is succeeded by Sgt. Francis Frazier.