SgtMaj Ismael G. Bamba
Sergeant Major Ismael G. Bamba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa. After graduating from High School in Abidjan he immigrated to the United States in August of 1994. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1999 and began recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he graduated and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class that June. Following Recruit Training, he attended the School of Infantry (SOI) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he received the MOS of 0351, Anti-Armor Assault-man. Following his training at SOI, he was assigned to Golf Company, Weapons Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. On 02 December 1999, he was named Marine of the Quarter and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
From July 2000 to January 2001, he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). During this deployment he attended Marine Corps Marksmanship Instructor School and attained the MOS of 0931, Primary Marksmanship Instructor. In November 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In December, he reported to Corporal’s Course and upon graduation, was selected for the Gung-Ho Leadership and Motivation Award. In August 2001, Corporal Bamba was selected as Marine of the Year for the 5th Marine Regiment and was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant. He also attended Sergeant’s Course in January 2002. From September 2001 to September 2003, he served as an Infantryman, Scout Sniper, Assault Section Leader and Weapons Platoon Sergeant. In September 2002, Sergeant Bamba was awarded the Sergeant Major’s Molnar Leadership Award.
In October 2003, he reported to Drill Instructor School, MCRD, San Diego, California. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Regiment, where he served as Drill Instructor for five cycles and was the recipient of the Dan Daly Award as the most Inspiring Drill Instructor, the Band of Brothers Award as the best team in the Company, and Senior Drill Instructor for 3 cycles. He was also selected as the Moral Leadership Award recipient for being the most proactive and influential Senior Drill Instructor in the Company. In January 2006, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In June 2006 to January 2007, Staff Sergeant Bamba was assigned to the Recruit Training Regiment, where he served as Program of Instruction (POI) Manager. From October 2006 to December 2006, Staff Sergeant Bamba reported to Infantry Unit Leader Course.
In January 2007, he reported to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, in Camp Pendleton, California where he served as Infantry Platoon Sergeant for 1st Platoon, Charlie Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08; Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant; and Company Gunnery Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-92 and 0-91. In January 2009, he was Combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and served as the Battalion Gunner.
In August 2009, he reported to Officer Training Command, Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. During his tour at OTC Newport, RI, he served as a Drill Instructor for 8 cycles. In January 2011 he reported to the advanced course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia where upon graduation was selected for the Gung-Ho Leadership and Motivation Award, and Marine of the Year 2011 for Naval Service Training Command.
In January 2013, he reported to Marine Corps Detachment Newport, Rhode Island where he served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant.
In February 2014, he promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and reported to Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he served as Company First Sergeant for Kilo Company 3d Battalion 3d Marines where he attended the E-8 Seminar June 2014 in Hawaii. In February 2015, he reported to Weapons Company 3d Battalion 3d Marines where he served as Company First Sergeant and attended the First Sergeant Course in July 2015 and the Senior Enlisted PME, in November 2015, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. In February 2016, he reported to Headquarter and services Company 3d Battalion 3d Marines where he served as Company First Sergeant.
In February 2017, he reported to Marine Corps Base Okinawa, Japan where he served as Company First for Ordnance Maintenance Company, 3d Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3d Marines Logistics Group.
In December 2017, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major and reported to Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as Sergeant Major for Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18.