Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
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Department of the Navy
Headquarters Marine Corps

"Mission First, Marines Always"

In my term as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, it is important to ensure the well-being of our enlisted force in keeping with the Commandant's Planning Guidance. To this effort, I offer advice on Marine Corps education as it relates to curriculum development and execution of enlisted Professional Military Education, quality of life, and overall readiness of Marines and families. The mission is to train, educate, and manage talent within the Corps to be the most ready when the nation is least ready.

 

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, and his wife, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black, pose for a photo at the Drill Instructor memorial at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 7, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, poses for a photo with the Lima Company honor graduate at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 7, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, observes Lima Company's graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, April 8, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, observes Lima Company's graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, April 8, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, observes Lima Company's graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, April 8, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, poses for a photo with veterans at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 7, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, and his wife, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black salute the flag during a colors ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 7, 2022. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps and his spouse, retired First Sgt. Stacie Black were the parade reviewing officials for Lima Company graduation ceremony. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has transformed young men and women into Marines since 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks on a Force Design 2030 panel during the 2022 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland, April 4, 2022. The panel showcased the research-informed changes currently taking place in the Marine Corps to meet Force Design 2030 goals. Force Design 2030 is the Commandant's plan to shape the Marine Corps to face emerging threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks on a Force Design 2030 panel during the 2022 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland, April 4, 2022. The panel showcased the research-informed changes currently taking place in the Marine Corps to meet Force Design 2030 goals. Force Design 2030 is the Commandant's plan to shape the Marine Corps to face emerging threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks on a Force Design 2030 panel during the 2022 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland, April 4, 2022. THe panel showcased the research-informed changes currently taking place in the Marine Corps to meet Force Design 2030 goals. Force Design 2030 is the Commandant's plan to shape the Marine Corps to face emerging threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, greets Staff Sgt. Russell Bolton, an air control training squadron instructor, at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps toured the Warrior Athlete Readiness and Resilience (WARR) Center to review the capabilities and benefits available to Marines as a potential template to introduce at all Marine Corps installations. The WARR program is designed to enhance operational fitness levels and optimize combat readiness and resiliency for the active duty and reservist Marine. They include a methodology for understanding, assessing, programming, and maintaining Service members’ well-being and sustaining their ability to carry out missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, greets Laura Bates, the Semper Fit Director, at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps toured the Warrior Athlete Readiness and Resilience (WARR) Center to review the capabilities and benefits available to Marines as a potential template to introduce at all Marine Corps installations. The WARR program is designed to enhance operational fitness levels and optimize combat readiness and resiliency for the active duty and reservist Marine. They include a methodology for understanding, assessing, programming, and maintaining Service members’ well-being and sustaining their ability to carry out missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, poses for a group photo with veterans at a Troops First town hall at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke to Marines about talent management, force design, human performance and the importance of staying connected. The Troops First Foundation was created to develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured Warriors.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to veterans at a Troops First town hall at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke to Marines about talent management, force design, human performance and the importance of staying connected. The Troops First Foundation was created to develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured Warriors.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines with 7th Marine Regiment, at a Troops First town hall at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke to Marines about talent management, force design, human performance and the importance of staying connected. The Troops First Foundation was created to develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured Warriors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, greets Marines with 7th Marine Regiment, at a Troops First town hall at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke to Marines about talent management, force design, human performance and the importance of staying connected. The Troops First Foundation was created to develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured Warriors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Col. David Hart, the 7th Marine Regiment Commander, prior to a Troops First town hall at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke to Marines about talent management, force design, human performance and the importance of staying connected. The Troops First Foundation was created to develop, operate and support wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured Warriors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, poses for a photo with motor transport Marines upon completion of the Polaris Razor licensing course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps attended the course to maximize freedom of movement in the training areas surrounding the station. The course is designed to introduce Marines to the all-terrain vehicle, and familiarize them to its capabilities and safety considerations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, participates in a Polaris Razor all-terrain vehicle licensing course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps attended the Polaris Razor licensing course to maximize freedom of movement in the training areas surrounding the station. The course is designed to introduce Marines to the all-terrain vehicle, and familiarize them to its capabilities and safety considerations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, receives instructions from Sgt. Miguel Cervantes Campos, a motor transport Marine, during a Polaris Razor all-terrain vehicle licensing course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps attended the Polaris Razor licensing course to maximize freedom of movement in the training areas surrounding the station. The course is designed to introduce Marines to the all-terrain vehicle, and familiarize them to its capabilities and safety considerations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, observes Cpl. Austin Schubert, a motor transport Marine, explain the basic operating requirements for the Polaris Razor all-terrain vehicle at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, March 2, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps attended the Polaris Razor licensing course to maximize freedom of movement in the training areas surrounding the station. The course is designed to introduce Marines to the all-terrain vehicle, and familiarize them to its capabilities and safety considerations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marine 2nd lieutenants attending The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Feb. 28, 2022. The sergeant major shared some of his leadership insights and experience operating with officers as part of a command team. The Basic School trains and educates newly commissioned officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit-de-corps, and leadership to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces, with particular emphasis on warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marine 2nd lieutenants attending The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Feb. 28, 2022. The sergeant major shared some of his leadership insights and experience operating with officers as part of a command team. The Basic School trains and educates newly commissioned officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit-de-corps, and leadership to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces, with particular emphasis on warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines attending the Ground Combat Element Operations (GCE) Chief Symposium at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Feb 28, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke at the symposium to share his insight on talent management and retention of infantry Marines. The ground combat element operations chiefs symposium is a single forum for discussing, developing and consolidating common GCE priorities in preparation for presentation to the Marine Division commanders at the upcoming annual GCE conference. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines attending the Ground Combat Element Operations (GCE) Chief Symposium at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Feb 28, 2022. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spoke at the symposium to share his insight on talent management and retention of infantry Marines. The ground combat element operations chiefs symposium is a single forum for discussing, developing and consolidating common GCE priorities in preparation for presentation to the Marine Division commanders at the upcoming annual GCE conference. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Ross)


Education

The United States Naval Community College (USNCC) was introduced to support enlisted Sailors and Marines in achieving professional certificates and associate degrees that will enhance operational readiness and improve warfighting capabilities, while putting Sailors and Marines on a path to lifelong learning. With the addition of the US Coast Guard, Coast Guardsmen will also be able to access the USNCC.  

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Marines with VMFA(AW)-533 Conduct Aviation Training Relocation
U.S. Marines with All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 533 conducted flight operations as part of the Aviation Training Relocation (ATR) program at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during the month of June, 2022. Marines with VMFA(AW)-533 traveled from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to enhance squadron readiness and conduct joint-level training as part of the ATR. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Mitchell Austin)
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