Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
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"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.

Sergeant Major Troy E. Black Official Biography

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, meets with Marine participants of the Super Squad competition prior to the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Aug. 12, 2022. The Super Squad is composed of infantry Marines who won the Super Squad competitions that took place across the Marine Corps, and tested the marksmanship and tactical proficiency during a series of drills to include live-fire evaluation during day and night attacks, employment of weapon systems, ambushes and defense, land navigation and patrolling. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ellen Schaaf)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, the 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the 19th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, reveals the placard to the Home of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps during the SMMC Home Dedication Ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington D.C. Aug. 12, 2022. Sgt. Maj. Black is the first SMMC to live at the Barracks and the residence is now the designated home for all future SMMC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ellen Schaaf)
Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, delivers a presentation during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, Aug. 11, 2022. The Symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David A. Ottignon, the deputy commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, delivers remarks during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium, at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, Aug. 10, 2022. The Symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
Enlisted leaders from across the U.S. Marine Corps listen to Gen. Eric M. Smith, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, as he addresses attendees of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium following a tour at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2022. The Symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
Enlisted leaders from across the U.S. Marine Corps tour the Pentagon during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2022. The symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
Enlisted leaders from across the U.S. Marine Corps tour the Pentagon during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2022. The symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christopher D. Thomas, 4th Marine Logistics Group sergeant major, and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Carrie L. Weser, the CMC of Marine Forces Reserve, pay respects at the America’s Heroes Memorial while touring the Pentagon during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2022. The America’s Heroes Memorial commemorates the individuals who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps.(Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, delivers his remarks during the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, Aug. 8, 2022. The symposium is designed to provide an educational summit for sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants serving at a general officer command and Navy senior enlisted advisors serving at the Marine Forces level on important and emerging topics in the Marine Corps. The symposium provides a platform for the attendees and presenters to share insights and experiences, which is a key tool for shaping the future of the Marine Corps. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)
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)


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