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Master Gunnery Sergeant Travis D. Thompson
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Marine Corps Advisor Company A

Master Gunnery Sergeant Travis Thompson is a native of Piney Flats, TN. He graduated from Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, TN in 1995. MGySgt Thompson enlisted in the Marine Corps in January of 1995 and shipped to Parris Island, SC for recruit training on June 6, 1995. After graduating recruit training, PFC Thompson was sent to Marine Combat Training (MCT) in August of 1995, in North Carolina. Once MCT was completed, PFC Thompson travelled to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland to attend Small Arm Repairman School. LCpl Thompson earned the MOS 2111 and returned to his home state of Tennessee and joined Lima Company 3rd Battalion 24th Marine as their Company Armorer.

Assuming the duties of company armorer as a young Marine reinforced LCpl Thompson’s opportunities to grow both technically and as a leader. He successfully managed and operated an armory equipped with multiple weapons systems, gear, and optics. Monthly, he trained and traveled with Lima Company providing weapons maintenance, accountability, and readiness. His ability to operate a successful armory supported his ability for career retainment and promotion. In July of 2000, Cpl Thompson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and began to fill the role as Battalion Armorer for 3/24. He participated in and provided supporting roles in multiple Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) and amphibious exercises.

In January of 2004, Sgt Thompson was activated with 3/24 and shipped to Camp Pendleton, CA in support of OIF II. He was responsible for all of the battalion’s rear weapons accountability and maintenance and for the forward movement of weapons and supplies to Iraq. Providing the training of combat replacements deploying to Iraq, Sgt Thompson continued to increase his leadership skills by being assigned NCOIC of the battalion’s CACO duties. He was released from active duty in December of 2004 and continued in his role as company/battalion armorer. By December of 2006, SSgt Thompson completed his B.S. in K-12 Physical Education.

In May of 2008, SSgt Thompson transferred to the Wounded Warrior Regiment and worked as a Home Town Link with the Marine for Life Program. He was responsible for connecting Marines transitioning from active duty to life in the civilian world. Working as a liaison, SSgt Thompson helped ease the transition for these Marines by introducing them to key VA personnel, higher education, and local businesses that were focused on hiring veterans.

Eager to return to weapons maintenance, GySgt Thompson was assigned to Detachment Surgical Company A, 4th Medical Battalion in late 2010 where he became the battalion armorer. He also during this time obtained his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University. Due to a force restructure in 2012, GySgt Thompson transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 451 in Charlotte, NC where he assumed duties as the battalion’s Ordnance Maintenance Chief/Ops Chief. In July of 2013, GySgt Thompson completed his Educational Specialist Degree in Supervision and Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and was later promoted to MSgt in September of 2013. After completing the Ground Ordnance Maintenance Course in 2015 MSgt Thompson earned the MOS 2181.

In June of 2017, MSgt Thompson transferred to the Force Readiness Assessment and Assistance Program (FRAAP) based in New Orleans, LA. As an Operations Inspector, he was responsible for advising the Senior Assessment Officer, coordination of all FRAAP inspections, and assessing and providing assessments in the areas of muster, recall, manpower, and ESGR to multiple SMCR units across the nation. MSgt Thompson was promoted to MGySgt in June of 2018.

MGySgt Thompson activated in August of 2018 and moved to Quantico, VA to serve as a Senior Enlisted Advisor for M&RA’s new MMRP 33 section. During this time, he contributed to the creation of the new Junior Enlisted Performance Evaluation System (JEPES), served as assistant Operational Planning Team (OPT) lead, created policy that will govern future junior enlisted performance, and provided policy and guidance to contractors and technicians. He also served as the SNCOIC of MMRP in the absence of the MMRP Sergeant Major. In May of 2019, MGySgt transferred to HQMC Reserve Affairs as a career counselor for the SMCR. During this time, he advised and counseled Marines on promotion and career progression.

In March of 2020, MGySgt Thompson joined Marine Corps Advisory Company A (MCACA) in Washington D.C. and is currently serving as their Senior Enlisted Advisor. MGySgt Thompson is currently pursuing his Educational Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.