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Sergeant Major, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 Sergeant Major Joel O. Fermaglich
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Sergeant Major Fermaglich, a native of Potomac, Maryland, joined the Marines Corps in June 1991. Upon completion of recruit training at MCRD, Parris Island, South Carolina in September 1991, Private First Class Fermaglich reported to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to attend Marine Combat Training (MCT). 

 

Upon Completion of MCT in November 1991, Private First Class Fermaglich reported to Naval Air Station Millington, Tennessee for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter school (ARFF). Private First Class Fermaglich reported for duty to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and served as an Aircraft Firefighting Rescue Specialist.  In June of 1992, Lance Corporal Fermaglich was screened and selected to attend Naval Aircrew and Rescue Swimmers School in Pensacola Florida.  Upon Completion of Rescue Swimmers School Lance Corporal Fermaglich reported to Station Operations and Engineering Squadron at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, and served as an HH-46D Rescue Swimmer, Instructor, and NATOPS evaluator.   Corporal Fermaglich received nine Boeing rescue citations during this tour.

 

In June of 1995, Sergeant Fermaglich left active duty and moved to Baltimore Maryland to attend College at Towson University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs and Economics. Sergeant Fermaglich transferred to the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and reported to Marine Air Support Detachment (MASD), MAG - 49, DET A at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.  Sergeant Fermaglich served as a Crew Chief and NATOPS instructor on the C-20G, UC-12B, and UC-35D.

 

In October 2004, Staff Sergeant Fermaglich was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.  Staff Sergeant Fermaglich served as a Section Leader for the MCAS Crash Fire and Rescue (CFR).  In addition Staff Sergeant Fermaglich served as a UC-12 NATOPS evaluator and an HH-1N Aerial Observer for the MCAS Search and Rescue (SAR).

 

In March 2006, Gunnery Sergeant Fermaglich reported to MALS- 41, MAG - 41, Fort Worth, Texas to serve as the Operations Chief.  In March 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Fermaglich was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and was assigned to VMR DET, MAG-29 FWD, II MEF. Gunnery Sergeant Fermaglich served as a UC-35D Crew Chief and Operations Chief.  Upon deactivation in March 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Fermaglich reported to MAG - 41, Fort Worth Texas to serve as the Operations Chief until his selection to First Sergeant in April 2009.

 

In May 2009, First Sergeant Fermaglich reported to Bravo Company 1st Battalion 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division, Bossier City, Louisiana to serve as the Company First Sergeant.   In November of 2010 1st Battalion 23d Marines, was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-1, and attached to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton California.  During the Deployment Bravo Company was detached from the Battalion and attached to RCT-1, and assigned a two hundred square mile battle space in Garmsir District, Helmand Province providing sustained counterinsurgency operations.   Upon the demobilization of the Battalion First Sergeant Fermaglich served as the Company Commander for Bravo Company from December 2011 to November 2012 due to a short fall of officers in the Battalion. 

 

In May 2013, Sergeant Major Fermaglich assumed the billet of Squadron Sergeant Major for HMLA-773, MAG-49, 4th MAW, Robins AFB, Georgia.  He currently is a commercial pilot.

 

Sergeant Major Fermaglich is a graduate of the resident SNCO Career Course, Advance Course, First Sergeants Course, and Senior Officers Legal Course.  He is also a graduate of the non-resident Warfighting Skills Program, Senior Enlisted Joint PME, Expeditionary Warfare School, and Command and Staff College.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with  Bronze Numeral 2, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Air Crew Wings with three gold stars, and a Meritorious Service Medal.

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