SgtMaj Idris Turay
Sergeant Major Turay hails from Freetown, Sierra Leone and was born on 10 March 1974. He legally migrated to the United States in September, 1995. He enlisted into the Marine Corps in June 1998 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Depot Parris Island, SC. He later attended the School of Infantry and earned the Military Occupational Specialty of an Infantry Rifleman (0311).
In October 1998, Private Turay was assigned to India Company (Co), 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, at Twenty-nine Palms, CA. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Private First Class and Lance Corporal. In 2000, he was a subject of a meritorious promotion to the rank of Corporal and assumed the billet of an Infantry Squad Leader. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and also completed two Unit Deployments Program prior to his Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to III MEF, in Okinawa Japan.
In January 2006, he was frocked to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and executed orders to serve as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, at Kaneohe-Bay, Hawaii. SSgt Turay deployed in September 2006 in support of counter insurgency operations to Al-Anbar Province Iraq, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant. In November 2006, while on a combat patrol, Staff Sergeant Turay and a dismounted squad from Fox Co, 2nd platoon were caught in a complex ambush where he was critically wounded by enemy Sniper fire. After nearly a month in a Trauma Center in theater, SSgt Turay requested and remained with his Marines; conducting combat operations until the end of the deployment in April 2007. He later transferred to the School of Infantry, Detachment Hawaii, where he served as a Combat Hunter Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor, and Operations Chief. In December 2010, he was frocked to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and executed orders to Marine Corps Security Force, Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (3rd FAST) Co. There, he served in the capacity as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.
In May 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Turay executed PCS orders to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, where he served as the Combined Anti-Armor Team (CAAT-2) Platoon Sergeant with Weapons Co. In January 2014, he was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant and received PCA orders to Echo Co, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. From September 2014 to April 2015, he was deployed as part of the Ground Combat Element (GCE) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve 15.1. Upon returning from the deployment, he requested PCA orders back to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, where he served as Company First Sergeant with Charlie Co. From October 2015 to May of 2016, he was deployed under the GCE again in support of Operation Inherent Resolve 16.1.
In June 2016, First Sergeant Turay executed PCS orders to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where he served as Company First Sergeant with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Sergeant Major Turay was frocked to his current grade in February 2018 and executed PCS orders to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (The Bats) until the unit’s re-designation and transition on 16 October, 2020. He transitioned with the Bats and is currently the squadron Sergeant Major.
He’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.