Following three weeks of Marine Combat Training, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro reported for instruction at Motor Transport Operator’s Course in Fort Leonard Wood, MS in July 2002. After graduation in September 2002, he reported for duty with 4th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan.
In December 2005, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro was transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA. As a Motor Transport Operator, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 5-7 from September 2006 to March 2007.
He once again deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, taking part in Operation NATIONAL RESOLUTION from September 2008 to April 2009. Shortly after his return from the second deployment, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro reported to Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA in July 2009. Upon successfully completing the course, he obtained the Military Occupational Specialty of 0911, Drill Instructor.
Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro was assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment where he progressed through the ranks from Drill instructor, to Senior Drill Instructor, to Chief Drill Instructor. From September 2009 to March 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro trained over 1,000 recruits.
Following his successful special duty assignment, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro was transferred to General Support Motor Transport (GSMT) Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 in March 2013. He has served as Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, and Company First Sergeant. Furthermore, he led the unit through the transition from GSMT to Motor Transport Company A, 1st Transportation Support Battalion.
In August 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro moved to the Current Operations/Unit Movement Control Center Chief for Battalion S-3 section. During this time Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro directly facilitated the training for Battalion, Division, and MEB level exercises for 1st TSB. Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro also served as the Movement Control Center SNCOIC for a Major Prepositioning Exercise (MPF) located in Oman, Operation NATIVE FURY 16.
In May 2016, Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro was transferred to Officer Candidate School. Where he served as a Sergeant Instructor for Company C, Officer Candidate School. Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro reported as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the University of Utah in September 2016.
Gunnery Sergeant Lazaro’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award), the Navy Achievement Medal (Gold Star in lieu of third award), the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3 bronze stars in lieu of fourth award).