Troy Black to take over as 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

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Sgt. Maj. Troy Black. Photo: Sgt. Rodion Zabolotniy/U.S. Marines

Sgt. Maj. Troy Black is set to become the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.


Black — currently serving as Sgt. Maj. of Manpower and Reserve Affairs — will take over as the senior enlisted adviser to the Marine Corps Commandant for Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green later this year, the Marine Corps' announcement on Thursday said. The role is typically a four-year job.

Black will serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the next Marine Commandant, Lt. Gen. David Berger, who still needs to be confirmed by the Senate before taking over for Gen. Robert Neller.

Black enlisted in 1988 and has "deployed extensively," the announcement said. His deployments include Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and more. His wife, Stacie, is a retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt.

Throughout his career he's been awarded the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Combat Action Ribbon with two Gold Stars, and more. He's served as Sergeant Major of Officer Candidates School, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the 1st Marine Logistics Group, the announcement says.

Green will retire after Black takes over, per the announcement, finishing 35 years of service.

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