Sergeant Major Clawson enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1996, and attended recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. After graduation in August of 1996, Private Clawson attended the Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After Completing Marine Combat Training, he reported to Fort Leonardwood, Missouri for duty as a student in Motor Transport Instruction Company, and then reported to 3rd Support Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan where he served as a Motor Transport Company, 1st Platoon as a Motor Vehicle Operator. During this tour he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable where he participated in Exercise TAMDEM THRUST.
In April of 1998, Lance Corporal Clawson received orders to Headquarters Battalion- Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, where he was assigned to the Motor Transport Platoon. During this tour he held the following billets: Motor Vehicle Operator, Chief Dispatcher, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Chief and Non Commissioned Officer in Charge for Corporal’s Course. He was assigned as Senator John McCain’s driver and General Krulak’s driver. Sergeant Clawson was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for the former Commandant General Chapman’s funeral procession. He was also the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for several General Officers and Sergeant Major Symposiums.
In November 2001, Sergeant Clawson reported to Inspector-Instructor Staff, Headquarters & Service Battalion, Headquarters Company 4th Force Service Support Group in Marietta, Georgia. During his tour, he held the following billets: Battalion Motor Transport Operations Chief, Battalion License Examiner, Battalion Hazmat Chief and Battalion Chief Martial Arts Instructor Trainer. In 2003, Sergeant Clawson volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with 7th Marine Regiment, and he served as a Motor Transport Chief, Machine Gunner and on the Personal Security Detachment for the Regimental Commander.
In August of 2005, Staff Sergeant Clawson received orders to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California for Recruiter School. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Recruiting Station Frederick Maryland, Sub-Station Rockville Maryland as a canvassing Recruiter.
In April 2007, Staff Sergeant Clawson received orders to The Basic School Quantico, Virginia. While serving with the Motor Transport Operations Platoon, he was assigned as the Operations Chief, Truckmaster, and Roadmaster. In March of 2008, Staff Sergeant Clawson was assigned as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Charlie Company (3-08) and Alpha Company (1-09). In May of 2009 Staff Sergeant Clawson was transferred back to the Motor Transport Operations Platoon and assigned as the Operations Chief.
In June of 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Clawson reported to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for Duty as a Motor Transport Operations Chief. During his tour at 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Gunnery Sergeant Clawson was the acting First Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company for over a year.
In June 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Clawson reported to Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, Norfolk, Virginia for duty as the Motor Transport Chief. He was frocked to First Sergeant on February 27, 2014 and given orders to Battery Golf, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, where he served as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant.
In March 2014, First Sergeant Clawson reported to Battery Golf, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, Fort Dix, New Jersey where he was the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant.
In April 2017, First Sergeant Clawson received orders to The Basic School Quantico, Virginia. He was assigned as the Company First Sergeant for Delta Company (4-17) and India Company (1-18). On 25 May 2018, he was frocked to the rank of Sergeant Major and assigned to Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Virginia.
In May 2020, Sergeant Major Clawson reported to his current billet as the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Sergeant Major.
SgtMaj Clawson’s Civilian education includes a Doctorate Degree in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University, Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint John’s University.
Sergeant Major Clawson’s personal decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars in lieu of fifth award, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.