Inspector-Instructor Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment
Sergeant Major Matthew Fortune
Sergeant Major Matthew Fortune 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. 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 1995, 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 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 Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of his second deployment, he received orders to Drill Instructor School at Parris Island, SC.
As a Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Fortune was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. As a GySgt, he was assigned as a Senior Drill Instructor, Series Gunnery Sergeant, and was selected to become a 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 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.
He was promoted to his current rank in January 2015 and is currently serving as the Inspector Instructor Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion 25th Marines. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award. Sergeant Major Fortune is a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science.