Marine Corps Air Station Hawaii
Sergeant Major Matthew J. Fouss
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Fouss is a native of Summit, New Jersey, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1995. Following Recruit Training, he reported to Infantry Training Battalion, SOI (West) earning the MOS 0352, TOW Gunner and a meritorious promotion to lance corporal.
Lance Cpl. Fouss then received orders to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, holding the billets of TOW gunner, machine-gunner and squad leader. Lance Cpl. Fouss deployed with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Bn. 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC), completing a RIMPAC deployment, and a 6-month West-Pacific Deployment. In Dec 1996 he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corproal. In April 1997, Cpl. Fouss transferred to Headquarters Platoon, serving as the armory NCOIC, Company Career Planner, and 81mm Mortar representative in the battalion FSCC. Sgt. Fouss deployed again in June 1998, with Battalion Landing Team 3 Bn. 1st Marines, 15th MEU (SOC).
Sgt Fouss reported for duty with Inspector-Instructor Staff, Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 23rd Marine Reigment, in March 1999, holding the concurrent billets of armory chief, motor transport chief, Hazardous Material NCO, Maintenance Managemet NCO, and Training NCO. In April 2000, he attended Sergeants Course, graduating as Honor Graduate. During this tour he received the additional MOS 8551 Martial Arts Instructor, and MOS 9954 HazMat/HazWaste Handler. In Oct. 2001, Sgt. Fouss attended the Infantry Platoon Sergeant Course graduating as the course honor Graduate
Sgt. Fouss next reported for duty with Weapons Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Reigment, 3rd Marine Divison, as a Section Leader in CAAT Platoon. He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in August 2002. From Oct. 2002 to Feb. 2003, Staff Sgt. Fouss deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. In April 2003 Staff Sgt. Fouss deployed with 1st Bn, 3d Marines, to Okinawa. While there, he attended the SNCOA Career Course, graduating as the course honor graduate. In Nov. 2003, he was reassigned as a section leader in the 81mm Mortar Platoon. In April 2004 he was again reassigned to CAAT Platoon as the platoon sergeant. Staff Sgt. Fouss deployed again in July 2004, with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn. 3rd Marines, 31st MEU to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, participating in combat operations, including Operation Al Fajr. Staff Sgt. Fouss received a combat meritorious promotion to gunnery sergeant in Dec. 2004.
Gunnery Sgt. Fouss received orders to the School of Infantry, Marine Combat Instructor Course (MOS 8513) in July 2005, graduating as the course honor graduate. Gunnery Sgt. Fouss was assigned to Infantry Training Battalion, Headquarters and Instructor Group, as Chief Instructor for the Infantry Mortarman Course. In Dec. 2006 he was assigned to Advanced Infantry Training Battalion as an Instructor with Infantry Unit Leader Course.
In July 2008 he was promoted to the rank of first sergeant and reported to 1st Intelligence Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant. First Sgt. Fouss deployed to OIF 9.1 in Mar. 2009.
In June 2010 First Sgt. Fouss reported for duty with Inspector-Instructor Staff, Company D, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, Anchorage, Alaska, as the I&I first sergeant. In Jan. 2013, the unit was re-designated as Det., MP Co D, 4th Law Enforcement Bn., FHG, as part of the Marine Corps Force Structure review.
In Jan. 2014, Sgt. Maj. Fouss transferred to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and assumed the duties as the battalion sergeant major, completing two deployments as part of Forward Deployed Forces to Okinawa, Japan.
In December 2016, Sgt. Maj. Fouss transferred to, and assumed, his current duties as the Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay sergeant major.
Sgt. Maj. Fouss’ personal awards include the Purple Heart, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and (3) Gold Stars in lieu of fourth award, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.