First Sergeant Julio C. Bernal was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1977 and he moved and lived in New York at age 13 until enlisting from Miami Florida in 1999. He attended Recruit Training, Paris Island, SC in September of 1999. After Recruit training, He then reported to Camp Johnson, North Carolina for training in the Military Occupational Specialty of Administrative Specialist.
In March 2000, First Sergeant Bernal reported to 2st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marines Regiment, Camp Pendleton California, Where he deployed twice in support of the Unit Deployment Program with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Okinawa Japan, Korea and other areas in the Pacific.
In July 2003, First Sergeant Bernal reported to Marine Wing Headquarters 3, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, where he deployed twice to in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In April of 2007 he was assigned to 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, Galveston TX, where he served as the Administrative chief, Career Retention Specialist and the Physical fitness coordinator, while participating in numerous Funeral, Color guard, and community events.
First Sergeant Bernal reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Iwakuni, Japan, in April 2010 for duty, where he was part deployment exercises within the region and was part of the Humanitarian relief effort during Operation Tomodachi on mainland Japan.
In February 2012, First Sergeant Bernal received orders to Quantico Virginia, and reported to Headquarters and Service Battalion for duty. He served as SNCOIC for QA and Customer service section at the Marine Corps Base, Installation Personnel Administrative Center.
In October 2014, First Sergeant Bernal received orders to report to the Staff Non-Commisioned Officer Academy, Camp Pendleton for duty as a Faculty Advisor. He served as Faculty Advisor and mentor for Advanced Course, Sergeants Course, and SNCOIC for the Career Course
In December 2016 He received orders to Company A, 3d Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He serves as the Company 1sSgt, while they prepare to deploy in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
His personal decorations include the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star on, and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.