Blake R. Ranshaw was born 13 January 1979 in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from Holt High School in Holt, Michigan on June 8, 1997 and worked for one year before leaving for recruit training in June of 1998. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps on 29 June 1998. Following Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, he was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California where he underwent Marine Combat Training and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class.
After graduation he reported to 29 Palms, California Communications School for training as a Radio Operator. He graduated from Communications School in December 1998 and was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While serving with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines in February 1999. There he served as a part of the Forward Air Control (FAC) Team until 2002 and was then put in charge as the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Team leader and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. During his time with 2/2 he deployed in support of the 22 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as a Corporal in 2001 and the 24 MEU as a Sergeant in 2003.
In August 2003, Sergeant Ranshaw was stationed with the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE) aboard Mac Dill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where he served as a part of the Ground Communications Platoon. There he served as a Section Chief where he was in charge of teams ranging from (2) two to (7) seven joint service members, providing tactical communications. In 2004 he was placed in charge of ushering in the Joint Airborne Communications Center Command Post (JACC/CP) which supported a commanding general staff with C5 command and control. While stationed with JCSE he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2006 and assumed the billet of 0629 Radio Chief.
During his tenure at JCSE he received a Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. In August 2007, Staff Sergeant Ranshaw was transferred to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. For his first year at the squadron he served as the Radio Chief for Bravo Company Radio Platoon. In his second year he was moved to the Transmissions Platoon as the Communications Chief where he deployed with the Squadron for his second tour to Iraq.
In January 2009 Staff Sergeant Ranshaw attended and successfully completed Detachment Commander School in preparation for Marine Security Guard duty. Upon completion he was stationed in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. There he served as the Detachment Commander with (5) five other Marines providing internal security to the embassy. In September 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for support of Operation Safe Return, more specifically helping with the evacuation of persons displaced by the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Gunnery Sergeant Ranshaw and his wife also received a Certificate of Appreciation for their service at the American Embassy. From there he was stationed at the American Embassy in Lomé, Togo, West Africa where he received a Certificate of Commendation as the detachment was awarded with the Regional Detachment of the Year for 2011. He was also awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal upon his completion of duty.
In May 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Ranshaw was moved to the 11th Marine Regiment Cannon Cockers, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. There he served as the Radio Chief for the Regimental Headquarters Battery. During his tenure with the battery he also served as the Communications Platoon Sergeant, Battery Motorcycle Safety President, and the Headquarters Battery First Sergeant. There was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of second award.
In July 2015 Gunnery Sergeant Ranshaw was transferred to 9th Communications Battalion. Due to his seniority he was placed in Bravo Company as the Operations Chief, typically reserved for a Master Sergeant. Within three months he was moved to the position as Communications Chief, the senior enlisted advisor to the Company Commanding Officer pertaining to company tactical communications. Additionally he was picked by the 9th Communications Commanding Officer as the nomination to the Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group for the Headquarters Marine Corps Private First Class Littleton Communications Award.
In December 2015 Gunnery Sergeant Ranshaw was selected for promotion to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders to report to 2nd Battalion 10th Marine, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. There he served as the Battery First Sergeant for Fox Batter and deployed with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines as a part of Battalion Landing Team 3/6 in support of the 24th MEU. While supporting the MEU, First Sergeant Ranshaw and Battery F were sent in to Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
In February 2018 First Sergeant Ranshaw was transferred to the Marine Corps Engineer School House where he served as the Company First Sergeant for Combat Engineer Instruction Company. While at the school house, First Sergeant Ranshaw was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major and given orders to Recruiting Station Indianapolis.
Sergeant Major Ranshaw’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (in lieu of 2nd award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (in lieu of 2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (in lieu of 3rd award), Navy Unit Commendation (in lieu of 2nd award), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (in lieu of 6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (in lieu of 2nd award), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (in lieu of 4th award), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (in lieu of 2nd award), Marine Security Guard Ribbon, and the Nato Medal- Kosovo.