SgtMaj Mark Morton
Sergeant Major Morton enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1999 from Sebring, Florida. After graduating recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, SC, Private First Class Morton proceeded to Camp Geiger, N.C, for Marine Combat Training. Following MCT, he proceeded to VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. for OJT, then to NAS Pensacola, Fl. to attend common core and intermediate level Aviation Electronics Technician Training, as well as follow-on MOS training at NAS Oceana, VA, on the IATS test set, earning the MOS of 6462. From there, Lance Corporal Morton received orders to MALS-31, MCAS Beaufort, SC. He was assigned to work center 650, the IATS, CASS and ATS work center, receiving OJT on the two additional test sets.
In 2002, Corporal Morton was assigned to the MALS-31 S-3, where he served as the Training and Operations
NCO. In mid-2003, Sergeant Morton was re-assigned to work center 650 as a day crew supervisor and CDI.
In September 2004, Sergeant Morton applied for and was accepted to Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island,
SC. He was assigned to Company E, Second Recruit Training Battalion, where he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior
In December of 2007, Staff Sergeant Morton returned to MALS-31 at MCAS Beaufort, and was assigned as the
assistant work center supervisor for 63A, RADAR. He deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program to MCAS
Iwakuni, Japan in 2009, serving as the MALS-12 FLIR work center supervisor. In November of 2009, he received PCS
orders to MALS-13, MCAS Yuma.
In February 2010, Staff Sergeant Morton reported for duty with MALS-13. Upon his arrival, Staff Sergeant
Morton was assigned to work center 63D, RADAR. He served as the assistant work center supervisor and work center
supervisor. In May 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Morton was assigned as the MALS-13 Squadron Gunnery Sergeant.
In July of 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Morton deployed as an augment for MALS-16 (FWD) in support of OEF 12.1
and 12.2. While deployed, he applied for and was selected to Assistant Marine Officer Instructor duty.
Upon returning to MCAS Yuma in January, 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Morton received orders to the Naval
Chaplaincy School and Center, Fort Jackson, S. C., where he served as the Company Commander. He also served as a
platoon sergeant at Officer Candidate School for two cycles in 2015. While on AMOI duty, he was selected to the rank of
First Sergeant Morton was assigned to 3d Battalion, 2d Marines as the Kilo Company First Sergeant in September
of 2015. He deployed with Kilo Company to Okinawa, Japan, for FDB-E 16.2 in August of 2016. Upon returning to Camp
Lejeune, he was assigned to H&S Company as the Company First Sergeant. Shortly thereafter, First Sergeant Morton
volunteered to replace a First Sergeant from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, and was forward deployed to
Camp Shorab, Afghanistan. While deployed, he requested and received orders to School of Infantry-East, reporting in
January of 2018.
After serving for one year as the SOI-E H&S Company First Sergeant, he assumed the billet as the Director and
First Sergeant of Combat Instructor School in January of 2019.
In November of 2019, First Sergeant Morton was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major. Shortly thereafter, he
received orders to his current unit as the Sergeant Major of VMGR-152, the Sumos.
Sergeant Major Morton's personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with three gold stars.