MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- An Afghanistan veteran who deployed last year as an infantry battalion sergeant major is now in charge of the Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 5, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Replacing the previous sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Brian Cullins, who left the command last month, Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black officially took his post as the battalion sergeant major of CLB-5 during an appointment ceremony here, Aug. 16.
“It’s my pleasure to be assigned to CLB-5,” said Black, 42, from Louisville, Ky. “I’m excited to be here.”
Black’s previous assignment was as the sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. During his time with 3/7, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, Black witnessed many combat logistics battalions fighting their way through the deserts of Helmand province to support his battalion by transporting food, water and equipment.
“These Marines are very proficient,” said Black. “I’ve seen them in their job, and they understand the fundamentals of leadership.”
As 3/7 was supported by CLBs two and six, Black was impressed with the professionalism he saw in the logistics units, which is why he said he’s excited to be the senior enlisted leader of CLB-5.
“As their sergeant major, I serve them,” said Black. “I need to accomplish something every day to serve them. I will focus on that they are Marines first, and their [Military Occupational Specialty] comes second.”
Black also said he is excited to be deploying with CLB-5 early next year, in order to provide the same services to coalition forces that he received while with 3/7.
“I like any chance to deploy,” said Black. “Many of these Marines haven’t deployed before, but we’re going to be training them so they are prepared for Afghanistan.”