7th Communication Battalion Sergeant Major
First Sergeant Matthew Fortune was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Recruit Training in November 1990 at MCRD Parris Island, SC. Upon completion of MCT, Private First Class Fortune went to Engineer School at Court House Bay in Camp Lejuene, NC.
Lance Corporal Fortune received orders to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Lejuene, NC and served as an Engineer, Team Leader, and Squad Leader. He participated in a Joint Task Force in South America and Team Work 92 in Bardufoss, Norway. Lance Corporal Fortune was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in 1992 and received orders to 3d Surveillance Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group at Camp Hansen, Okinawa.
In 1994 Corporal Fortune conducted a lateral move. He attended Airframe school in Millington, TN. Upon graduation, Sergeant Fortune received orders to VMAQ-4 in Cherry Point, NC. He deployed on three occasions to Kosovo in support of Operations Allied Force, Noble Anvil, and Joint Guardian.
In February 1999, Sergeant Fortune was promoted to Staff Sergeant and received orders to Recruiter’s School in San Diego, CA. Upon graduation, Staff Sergeant Fortune reported to RS Springfield, MA and served as a canvassing recruiter and NCOIC of RSS Barre, VT. Staff Sergeant Fortune completed recruiting duty and received orders to VMAQ-2 in Cherry Point, NC.
Upon arrival, Staff Sergeant Fortune was assigned as the SNCOIC, Division Chief, and Guard Chief deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completion of his second deployment, Staff Sergeant Fortune received orders to Drill Instructor School in Parris Island, SC.
As a Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Fortune was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. As a GySgt was assigned as a Senior Drill Instructor, Series Gunnery Sergeant, and was selected to become DI School Instructor. During this time period, he taught uniforms and instructional techniques, was assigned as the Drill Master, and later the leadership instructor. In April 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Fortune was then selected to be the Company First Sergeant for Hotel Company, 2d Recruit Training Battalion. He was selected to the rank of First Sergeant and frocked in December 2008, completing two additional cycles.
In May 2009, First Sergeant Fortune reported to 3d Combat Engineer Battalion in Twenty-nine Palms, CA and was assigned to be the Alpha Company First Sergeant. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10.1 to Helmand Province , Afghanistan. Upon return, First Sergeant Fortune was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company and later Support Company where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.2 and 12.1.
In August 2012, First Sergeant Fortune received orders to 7th Communication Battalion where he served as the Bravo and Headquarters Company First Sergeant and is currently serving as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, as well as numerous unit and service awards.