Marines Name Next Sergeant Major of the Corps: Sgt Maj Troy Black
The 19th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps has been selected: SgtMaj Troy Black. He will take over the reins from SMMC Ronald L. Green in a ceremony this summer. SMMCj Green will retire after 35 years in the Corps.
SgtMaj Black deployed for Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as many MEU and Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company deployments. He also refuses to leave a man behind, and proved it on numerous occasions.
“When he deployed as sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, in 2010, Black went out on more than 50 missions, covering 10,000 miles of terrain filled with improvised explosive devices. When one of those IEDs detonated, killing a Marine, Black ran several hundred yards through unswept territory to reach him.
His actions earned him a Bronze Star with Combat “V” Device…
“[Black’s] boldness under fire continually imbued his Marines with confidence and a steady resolve,” his Bronze Star citation states. “He consistently demonstrated a sincere dedication to his Marines and Sailors, and inspired them to overcome incredible challenges to accomplish their mission.”
That set the example for more than 1,100 troops during that deployment from April to September 2010. The Marines, sailors and soldiers he helped lead were spread across three provinces and partnered with two Afghan battalions.”
SgtMaj Black has served as the Sergeant Major for the 11th MEU and 1st Marine Logistics Group, as well as Officer Candidate School. According to the Marine Corps Times, his awards include: Legion of Merit with gold star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star and Combat Action Ribbon with two gold stars.
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps – known as the SMMC – serves as advisor to the Commandant of the Corps. It is a 4 year term.
Featured photo: Marine Corps Image of SgtMaj Troy Black – Screenshot via USNI