1st Marine Aircraft Wing Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Mario A. Marquez
Sergeant Major Mario A. Marquez enlisted in the Marine Corps in Lakewood, CA in 1989. Upon completing Recruit Training at MCRD San Diego and follow on schooling, Private First Class Marquez was assigned to Beach and Terminal Operations Co, 3rd Landing Support Battalion, 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan where he participated in numerous exercises throughout the III MEF area of responsibility. He also served in support of the Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe/Osaka, Japan during January of 1995. Sergeant Marquez received orders to 1st Landing Support Battalion, 1st FSSG, I MEF at Camp Pendleton, CA where he deployed to the Middle East, Central America and attended numerous sister service and MOS related schools.
Sergeant Marquez reported for Drill Instructor duty, MCRD San Diego, CA in January of 1998. Promoted to Staff Sergeant in March of 1998, he went on to complete 10 training cycles as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for Company C and as a Series GySgt for Company D. He attended the Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival Course at Coronado, CA and was also selected as the 1st Recruit Training Battalion Drill Instructor of the Year for the year 2000.
In April of 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Marquez reported to the 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, 2nd FSSG, Camp Lejeune, NC and participated in CAX 9/10 2001 with CSSD-24. In October of 2001, he assumed duties as Operations Chief, MSSG-24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. From August of 2002 until May of 2003, the 24th MEU participated in Operations DYNAMIC RESPONSE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. In early 2003, Gunnery Sergeant Marquez was selected as the 2002 Marine Corps Enlisted Logistician of the Year. Upon returning from the float, he was assigned as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for BTO Company, 2nd TSB and subsequently frocked to the rank of First Sergeant in January of 2004.
First Sergeant Marquez reported to I&I Duty, 4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 4th MAW, Pasadena, CA during February of 2004. The battalion was activated and deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq as the Provisional Security Bn, 3rd MAW in support of OIF II. In September of 2005, First Sergeant Marquez assisted in deactivating 4th LAAD Battalion's Colors and requested orders to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. During his tour with 1/9, he deployed ISO OIF 05-07 as part of Task Force 134, Camp Ashraf, Diyala Province, Iraq.
Sergeant Major Marquez was frocked to his current rank in August of 2007 and he reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan where he deployed with the Firebirds in support of OIF 7-9. In August of 2009, Sergeant Major Marquez was transferred to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 where he participated in the Japanese Officer Exchange Program.
During August of 2010, Sergeant Major Marquez was transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36, Marine Aircraft Group 36. In March of 2011 he deployed in support of Operation TOMODACHI as the MAG 36 Fwd SgtMaj, JTF-519 after an earthquake and tsunami and follow-on nuclear reactor incident struck Northeastern Japan. Sergeant Major Marquez served as the Marine Aircraft Group 36 Sergeant Major from June of 2011 until December of 2012, participating in III MEF exercises across the PACOM AOR, including as a MEB ACE Afloat and several MARFOR ACE missions across the AOR.
Sergeant Major Marquez reported to Marine Forces Central Command Forward, Naval Support Activity, Bahrain during February of 2013. Serving in a high risk and high tempo environment and spread across 12 nations, he engaged with state department officials and service component senior enlisted leaders to plan and develop foreign NCO mentorship, theater security cooperation, and relationship building support programs. Additionally, he advocated for all Marines afloat and several rotations of MAG-40, MAG-50, and the initial deployment/employment of SPMAGTF-CR-CENTCOM. During his tenure he participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and directly supported Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Sergeant Major Marquez assumed his post as the Sergeant Major, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during June of 2015.
Sergeant Major Marquez's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four gold stars, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.