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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

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Sergeant Major's Bio

Sergeant Major Edwin A. Mota

Sergeant Major - 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit


Sergeant Major Edwin A. Mota enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 June 1995 and completed recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, SC in August of 1995. Following recruit training, SgtMaj Mota attended Infantry Training Battalion at the School Of Infantry located at Camp Geiger, NC where he earned the MOS (0331) as a Machine Gunner. 

SgtMaj Mota reported to his first duty station at 1st Battalion 8th Marines (V18) in November of 1995 for duty as a gunner in Bravo Company. During his tour of duty, he served as a gunner, team leader, and eventually the section leader for the machine gun section of Bravo Company. While assigned to V18, SgtMaj Mota deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in 1996 as well as a unit deployment to Panama in 1997.

In February 1998, SgtMaj Mota executed orders to Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry East, Camp Geiger, NC for duty as a squad leader.  

In September of 1999, SgtMaj Mota was transferred to Parris Island, SC to attend Drill Instructor School. Upon graduating from DI school, he was assigned to 1st Recruit Training Battalion for duty as a Drill Instructor. During his tour he served as Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Testing Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge at the Academic Instruction Unit.

In January 2003, SgtMaj Mota executed orders to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (V16) for duty as a Platoon Sergeant. During his tour with V16, he served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant for one deployment to Afghanistan and as the Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant for a deployment to Iraq. 

In April of 2006, SgtMaj Mota was transferred to North Carolina State University to serve as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the Naval ROTC unit. During his tour of duty he also augmented the Bull Dog Program at Officer Candidate School, Quantico VA as well as the Mountain Warfare Training Center package for all midshipmen in the country within the Naval ROTC affiliated schools. 

In March of 2009, SgtMaj Mota reported to 3rd Bn, 6th Marines (V36) for duty. During his tour with V36, he served as the Company First Sergeant for India and Weapons Companies and conducted two deployments to Afghanistan. 

In May of 2012, SgtMaj Mota was transferred to the School of Infantry (East), where he served as Company First Sergeant for Bravo Company.

In April 2014, SgtMaj Mota reported to 2D Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command for duty and served as the Battalion Sergeant Major until January 2016.

SgtMaj Mota reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in January 2016 and served as the squadron Sergeant Major until February 2018.

SgtMaj Mota currently serves as the Sergeant Major for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. 

SgtMaj Mota’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star medal, the Meritorious Service medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

SgtMaj Mota holds a bachelor's degree in business administration management with a focus in human resources and management. 

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