SgtMaj Terrell A. Ford
Terrell Antwan Ford is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in October 2002 and underwent recruit training with 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. He was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class for serving as the second squad leader.
Sergeant Major Ford completed Marine Combat Training (MCT) aboard Camp Geiger, North Carolina. In February 2003, he completed his Small Arms Repairman certification aboard Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Maryland. In 2003, he was ordered to Personnel Support Detachment-18, 1st Marine Air Wing, Okinawa, Japan. He served in multiple billets within the unit and deployed to Korea as part of the Unit Deployment Program.
Sergeant Major Ford transferred in August 2004 to Marine Security Guard Battalion, Quantico, Virginia. Upon completing his formal school, he was voted number 1 from peer evaluations in the class and received orders to a designated country post-Region 3, American Embassy Beijing, China, in October 2004. While serving at American Embassy Beijing, China, he held multiple billets receiving Noteworthy inspections in all billets. In October of 2005, he was later assigned to Region 2, American Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait. He then reported to Region 9, American Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in December of 2006, serving as the Assistant Detachment Commander. While supporting our diplomatic missions, he earned a meritorious promotion to Staff Sergeant in July 2007.
Sergeant Major Ford was then transferred to 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division in July 2007. He served as the Battalion Armory Chief. During this time, he deployed to Rawah, Iraq, supporting Civil-Military Operations serving as the SNCOIC for Civil Affairs Group, Team 5.
Sergeant Major Ford transitioned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, in March of 2010, serving as the Battalion Armory Chief. During this time, he supported combat operations at Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan.
Sergeant Major Ford was ordered to Basic Recruiting School in January of 2012. Upon completion of the school in 2012, he received orders to Recruiting Sub-Station Jacksonville, Recruiting Station Jacksonville, Florida, as a canvasing recruiting and was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. In November 2012, he was appointed as the Station Commander for Recruiting Sub-Station Tallahassee, Florida.
Sergeant Major Ford received orders to Headquarters Company, Weapons Training Battalion Quantico, Virginia. Promoted (frocked) to the rank of First Sergeant in February of 2017, Sergeant Major Ford transferred to 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California. He served as the Battery First Sergeant for Battery G, deploying on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in May of 2017 with Battalion Landing Team 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. He also assumed the billet of the Headquarters Battery First Sergeant for the duration of his time with the command.
Sergeant Major Ford received orders to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3d Marine Logistics Group. He served as the Company First Sergeant for Engineer Company B and Engineer Support Company. Sergeant Major Ford was promoted (frocked) to his current rank and is currently serving as the Squadron Sergeant Major for the Marines and families of Marine Air Support Squadron 2.
Sergeant Major Ford attained Colorado Christian University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and pursuing his Masters in Divinity with Liberty University. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (x2) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Sergeant Major Ford is married to Mrs. Ritza M. Ford of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and they currently reside in Okinawa, Japan. Their daughter, Ellie Lazo-Ford, enjoys singing, playing sports, and making friends.