SgtMaj Jeffrey D. Durham
Sergeant Major Jeffrey D. Durham enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March 1994 and reported to 2D Battalion, Hotel Co, Platoon 2174 for recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.
Upon graduation, Private Durham attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) in June of 1994. After completing MCT, Private Durham was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for cannoneer training and received the military occupational specialty (MOS) 0811. Upon completion of training, Private First Class Durham received orders and reported to Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion 11th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California
While assigned to Romeo Battery, Lance Corporal Durham deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from June – December 1995. In September 1997, Corporal Durham was transferred to Tango Battery and deployed with the 13th MEU from December 1998 – June 1999.
In August 1999, Sergeant Durham received orders to Marine Corps Security Force Regiment and attended the Basic Security Guard Course in Chesapeake, Virginia graduating at the top of his class. Upon completion of the BSG Course, Sergeant Durham was assigned to 1st Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST), 5th Platoon in Norfolk, Virginia. Sergeant Durham deployed to Bahrain from January - August 2000 in support of 5th Fleet and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from October 2000 – March 2001 in support of the Guantanamo Bay guard force. In July 2001, Sergeant Durham participated in Operation Tartan Eagle in Glasgow, Scotland with the Royal Marines. Staff Sergeant Durham deployed to Yokosuka, Japan from January - August 2002 in support of 7th Fleet and participated in Operation Southern Swing aboard the USS Blue Ridge.
In December 2002, Staff Sergeant Durham was assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 11th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. In 2003 Staff Sergeant Durham deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Local Security Chief. In 2004 Staff Sergeant Durham deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Section Chief and Platoon Sergeant.
In June 2005, Staff Sergeant Durham was assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Training Company in Chesapeake, Virginia as an instructor. During his time with
Training Company he held the billets of Weapons Team Leader, Range Maintenance Chief, Testing Chief, and Basic Security Guard Course Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge.
In August 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Durham was assigned to 3d Battalion 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. There he received follow on orders to II MEF Headquarters Group as a member of a Military Transition Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment he served as the team Operations Chief. Upon returning, he was transferred to 10th Marines Regiment where he served as the Chief Instructor at the Artillery Training School (ATS). In March 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Durham was transferred to Golf Battery 2/12 5th Battalion 10th Marines to serve as the Battery Gunnery Sergeant.
In February 2011, First Sergeant Durham was assigned to Marine Corps Security Training Company in Chesapeake, Virginia as the Company First Sergeant. In July 2013, he was transferred to Alpha Company FAST in Norfolk, Virginia.
In December 2013, First Sergeant Durham was assigned to 3d Battalion 6th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as the Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant. He deployed with the 24th MEU from December 2014 – July 2015. Upon returning he was transferred to Weapons Company.
In December 2015, Sergeant Major Durham was transferred to MASS–1 in Cherry Point, North Carolina as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
In December 2016, Sergeant Major Durham was transferred to MTACS-18 in Okinawa, Japan as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Durham’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three gold stars, combat “V”), Combat Action Ribbon, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Sergeant Major Durham has a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Park University, and a Master of Science in Psychology from Walden University.