SgtMaj Heitink was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1997 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training (MCT), he was assigned to the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School (MCCES) at 29 Palms, CA where he earned the MOS of 0612 Field Wireman. He was then assigned to Shepherd Air Force Base, TX where he earned the MOS of 0613 Construction Wireman.
In February of 1998, LCpl Heitink received orders to Marine Barracks/Ground Defense Security Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for duty as a Construction Wireman. During this tour, LCpl Heitink provided communication support to the Naval Station and the 17 miles of fence line separating the U.S. Naval Base and communist Cuba.
In January 2001, Cpl Heitink was transferred to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 38 (MWCS-38) aboard MCAS Miramar, CA. After promotion to sergeant in 2002, Sgt Heitink completed one deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. He was selected for SSgt during the deployment.
In February of 2004, Sgt Heitink executed orders to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hi. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in July of 2004. During his tour in Hawaii, SSgt Heitink deployed to Mongolia in support of a Leadership Training cadre embedded with the Mongolian Army in Erdenet, Mongolia. SSgt Heitink also support the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) as a communication’s chief in Hanoi, Vietnam.
In May 2007, SSgt Heitink reported to recruiter’s school in San Diego, Ca and further for duty as a canvassing recruiter to Recruiting Station Harrisburg, PA in August 2007. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in April 2008. During his tour, GySgt Heitink was assigned as the SNCOIC of Recruiting Sub-Station Carlisle, PA where he completed 28 months as the SNCOIC. He was awarded the RS Harrisburg, SNCOIC of the Year award in 2009.
In August 2010, GySgt Heitink was transferred to Communication Company, 1st Marine Division. He completed two deployments to Helmand Province Afghanistan. In December 2012, he was transferred to 9th Communication Battalion for duty as the Wire Chief.
In July 2013, GySgt Heitink received orders to 6th Marine Regiment for duty as the Wire Chief. He was selected and frocked to First Sergeant in January 2014.
1stSgt Heitink was then transferred to H&S Bn Marine Corps Installations East as a Company First Sergeant for Alpha and Bravo Companies. In August 2016, 1stSgt Heitink transferred to 2nd Intelligence Battalion for duty as the Company First Sergeant for Direct Support Company. In December 2016, he reported to H&S Company II Marine Headquarters Group also for duty as the Company First Sergeant.
SgtMaj Heitink reported for duty as the Recruiting Station Milwaukee Sergeant Major in February 2018.
Sergeant Major Heitink is married to Sarah Heitink and has 3 Daughters, Ally, Arri, and Adyson and 2 sons Andy and Dezmond. Sergeant Major Heitink’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars.