Sergeant Major, III Marine Expeditionary Force
Sergeant Major Mario A. Marquez was born in Guadalajara City, Mexico and enlisted in the Marine Corps out of Lakewood, CA in 1989. Upon completing Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, CA and follow on schooling, Private First Class Marquez was assigned to Beach and Terminal Operations (BTO) Company, 3d Landing Support Battalion, 3d Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Okinawa, Japan. During his tour he participated in numerous exercises and deployed in support of the Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe and Osaka, Japan during January of 1995. Sergeant Marquez received orders to 1st Landing Support Battalion, 1st FSSG, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) at Camp Pendleton, CA where he deployed to the Middle East, Central America, and attended numerous military schools.
Sergeant Marquez reported for Drill Instructor duty at MCRD San Diego, CA in January of 1998. Promoted to Staff Sergeant in March of 1998, he went on to serve as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor in Company C, and as a Series Gunnery Sergeant for Company D.
In April of 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Marquez reported to the 2d Transportation Support Battalion, 2d FSSG, Camp Lejeune, NC. In May, 2001 he was transferred to Combat Service Support Detachment 24. During October of 2001, he served as Operations Chief, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group-24, 24th MEU. From August of 2002 until May of 2003, the 24th MEU participated in Operations DYNAMIC RESPONSE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I.
First Sergeant Marquez was frocked and reported to Inspector & Instructor Duty, 4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (LAAD), 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), Pasadena, CA during February of 2004. The battalion deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq from August 2004 to March 2005 as the Provisional Security Battalion, 3rd MAW, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. He then PCS’d to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. In April, 2006, he deployed with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07, Task Force 134, Camp Ashraf, Diyala Province, Iraq.
Sergeant Major Marquez reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st MAW, Okinawa, Japan during September of 2007. In March of 2008, the Firebirds deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 7-9 to Al Asad Airbase, Iraq. Sergeant Major Marquez was transferred to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 in August of 2009 and participated in the Japanese Officer Exchange Program in Kobe and Osaka, Japan.
In August of 2010, Sergeant Major Marquez was transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 36. During March of 2011, he deployed in support of Operation TOMODACHI as the MAG 36 Forward Sergeant Major, Joint Task Force-519, after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor incident struck North-Eastern Japan. From June of 2011 until December of 2012, he served as the MAG-36 Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Marquez reported to Marine Forces Central Command Forward, Bahrain, in February of 2013. During his assignment he implemented NCO development and Theater Security Cooperation programs throughout CENTCOM. Additionally, he participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and supported Marines and Sailors deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In June of 2015, Sergeant Major Marquez returned to the Pacific as the Sergeant Major, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, the “Fight Tonight” MEF’s Aviation Combat Element. Sergeant Major Marquez assumed his current post as Sergeant Major of III Marine Expeditionary Force on 12 May 2017.
Sergeant Major Marquez's awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/one gold star, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/two gold stars, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/four gold stars, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.