SgtMaj Robert Alban is a native of Baltimore, MD. He enlisted in the Marine Corps 19 October 2000 in Baltimore, MD and reported for Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC on 3 January 2001. Pvt Alban attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, NC and Basic Engineer School at Courthouse Bay in Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon completion in June 2001 he was assigned the MOS of 1371, Combat Engineer.
Private First Class Alban reported to Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Folsom, PA July 2001 as a basic combat engineer and was transferred to 2nd & 2nd Longshoreman platoons, 4th Landing Support Battalion, Wilmington, NC in January 2002. Lance Corporal Alban served as a fire team leader and later as a squad leader while cross-training as a Landing Support Specialist.
In January 2003 Lance Corporal Alban was transferred to 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC in support of the Global War on Terrorism and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Corporal Alban attended Combat Water Survival Safety Swimmer School in July 2003.
Upon his return to 2nd & 2nd Longshoreman platoons, 4th Landing Support Battalion, Wilmington, NC in August 2003 Corporal Alban was assigned as the Platoon Sgt for the Heavy Equipment platoon. Sergeant Alban held various positions here including Platoon Sgt, Platoon Commander, Training Chief, and Company Gunnery Sergeant. Sergeant Alban completed Sergeants Course at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA June 2006 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant June 2008.
Staff Sergeant Alban reported to II Marine Expeditionary Force G-4, Camp Lejeune, NC in September 2009 and served as the Assistant Engineer Chief. Staff Sergeant Alban attend Urban Breachers Course at the Engineer School at Courthouse Bay in Camp Lejeune, NC September 2010 and was a distinguished graduate of the Career Course at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA August 2011.
Staff Sergeant Alban reported to U.S. Marine Forces Africa, Stuttgart, Germany in December 2011 and served as the the Current Operations chief and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant November 2012. Gunnery Sergeant Alban served as the Current Operations Chief for U.S. Marine Forces Africa and Command Center SNCOIC for U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa from November 2012 – May 2014.
In May 2014, Gunnery Sergeant Alban reported to 4th Combat Engineer Battalion and served as a Combat Engineer Platoon Sergeant. In November 2015 Gunnery Sergeant Alban reported to 2d MAW’s Department of Safety and Standardization and served as their Ground Safety Chief until being frocked to 1stSgt in April 2016.
In May 2016, First Sergeant Alban reported to Headquarters & Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 451 and served as the Company First Sergeant. In April 2018, First Sergeant Alban reported to Company A, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion and served as the Company First Sergeant. During this period, the company deployed two platoons in support of the Unit Deployment Program. In June 2021, First Sergeant Alban reported to Company D, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and currently served as the Company First Sergeant until being frocked to SgtMaj in May 2022.
In May 2022, Sergeant Major Alban reported to 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in May of 2022 where he currently serves as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Alban holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University, B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he is a Certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and is currently pursuing his Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society of Quality.
Sergeant Major Alban’s decorations include: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with three bronze stars, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a bronze hourglass and bronze number two in lieu of second award.