Sergeant Major Joshua J. Smith
Sergeant Major - 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
Sergeant Major Joshua J. Smith was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated Marine Recruit Depot San Diego in August of 1996. SgtMaj Smith reported to 1st Marine Division as a Field Radio operator and was subsequently selected to attend indoctrination for 1st Reconnaissance Company. He served as a Team Radio Operator, Platoon Radio Operator, and Company Radio Chief. He Latmoved to Reconnaissance Marine (0321) following his first enlistment and served as a Team Radio Operator, Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Company Operations Chief. He deployed five times in support of training and military operations overseas. His training and combat deployments include Operations in Panama, East Timor, Kuwait, and Iraq.
In March 2007, SgtMaj Smith was selected for the Marine Security Guard Program. After successful completion of the Detachment Commanders Course 3-07, he was transferred and subsequently served as Detachment Commander and Country Team Member at US Embassies Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Muscat, Oman, and Kabul, Afghanistan.
In January 2010, SgtMaj Smith was transferred to 2D Reconnaissance Battalion. While at 2D Reconnaissance Battalion he served as Platoon Sergeant and Assault Element Leader CHOPd to the 22MEU. Following his selection to First Sergeant, he assumed the duties as H&S Company First Sergeant.
In April 2011, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to 2D Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment. He served as Golf Battery First Sergeant and deployed to Afghanistan in support of operation Enduring freedom 12.1, partnered with Jordanian and Afghan forces at Patrol Base Boldak.
In May of 2013, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines in Terre Haute Indiana, where he served as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant. While on this duty he advised and instructed an Infantry Reserve Company of Marines and Sailors as well as managed an active duty staff.
In November of 2015, Sergeant Major Smith was selected to his current rank and subsequently transferred to Okinawa, Japan in June of 2016 to serve with the "Pacific Vagabonds", employing the Direct Air Support Center as the MASS-2 Sergeant Major.
In January of 2018, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to MWSS-172 to serve as the Squadron Sergeant Major for the “Firebirds”, a logistically intensive support squadron, supporting the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing efforts across the INDO-PACOM area of responsibility.
In June of 2019, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to Camp Lejeune North Carolina, where he served with the 2d Marine Divisions “Ace in the Hole”, 2d Tank Battalion, and worked through Force Design implementation of the Battalions divestiture in 2021.
Sergeant Major Smith is currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan as the “Crisis Response Force” Sergeant Major.
Some of his schools include the Marine Combatant Dive School, Military Freefall School, Urban Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course, SERE and nine additional MOSs. Sergeant Major Smith also holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana State University. Sergeant Major Smith is married to formerly Trisha Mozden, and has three children; Jenna, Seth and Cayden.