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Marine Corps Forces Central Command

MacDill AFB, FL
Sergeant Major William T. Thurber Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major William T. Thurber joined the Marine Corps in December 1987 where he reported to MCRD Parris Island, SC, for recruit training. Upon graduation in March 1988, he reported to Basic Avionics School in Millington, TN.

Private First Class Thurber then received orders to the Communications and Navigations School for the CH-53 helicopters in Tustin, CA. While there he
was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Upon graduation from school Lance Corporal Thurber reported to HMH-463 in Kaneohe Bay, HI.

In February 1990 Lance Corporal Thurber transferred to HMM-364(c) and deployed on a UDP to Okinawa, Japan. While there he was meritoriously
promoted to Corporal and became a Collateral Duty Inspector (COl) or the CH-53's. Upon returning from Okinawa in August 1990 he detached from
HMM-364(c) and returned to his parent command, HMH-463. Twenty days after returning from Okinawa, Corporal Thurber deployed to Saudi Arabia and
participated in Operations Desert Shield Desert Storm from August 1990 through March 1991 as a member of HMH-463.

In December 1992, he was promoted to Sergeant and in March 1993, Sergeant Thurber attended Marine Security Guard School at Quantico, VA. Upon
graduation of Marine Security Guard School, Sergeant Thurber was assigned as the assistant Detachment Commander at the American Consulate Alexandria,
Egypt until the consulate was closed. He then reported to the American Embassy Cairo, Egypt where he served as the 3rd squad leader. In October
1994, Sergeant Thurber was assigned as the assistant Detachment Commander, American Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While at the Embassy in
Santo Domingo he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In December 1995, Staff Sergeant Thurber reported to the Marine Security Guard School house where he
served as an assistant student instructor while awaiting orders back to the fleet.

In May 1996 Staff Sergeant Thurber was assigned again to HMH-463 in Kaneohe Bay, HI where he served as the Avionics Chief. While there he served on the
U.S.S. New Orleans and participated in Tandem Thrust in Australia, and served as the senior enlisted for a detachment to Mombasa, Kenya.

In April 2000, Gunnery Sergeant Thurber reported to HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, at Quantico, VA for assignment as the Avionics NCOIC.
While there he was selected for First Sergeant.

In July 2002, First Sergeant Thurber reported to 3d Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC where he became the Weapons Company First Sergeant. As
the Company First Sergeant he deployed to Vieques, Puerto Rico for a base security mission.  He then deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a security
mission along the US/Cuba fence line and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In February 2005, First Sergeant Thurber moved over to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines where he deployed to the AI Anbar Province, Iraq in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. There he participated in Operations Cyclone, Iron Fist and Steel Curtain.
In August 2006, First Sergeant Thurber was selected for Sergeant Major and reported to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18 in Okinawa, Japan. While
there the unit participated in multiple exercises in the Philippines, Korea, Thailand and Australia.

In May 2009, Sergeant Major Thurber reported to Marine Wing Support Group 37 in Miramar, CA to serve as the Group Sergeant Major. In June 2012 he
assisted in the deactivation of the Group and the reassignment of their four Marine Wing Support Squadrons to various Marine Aircraft Groups.

In August 2012, Sergeant Major Thurber was assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, until assuming his current assignment as the
sergeant major of U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command.

His personal awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Gold Stars)(1 Combat
V), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon {1 Gold Star), and the Presidential Service Badge.