WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Sergeant Major Troy E. Black received the Sword of Office from Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green during a Relief and Appointment ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, July 26, signifying his new position as the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
Black, a Louisville, Kentucky native and 31-year Marine veteran, assumes responsibility as the senior ranking enlisted Marine in the Corps.
"I am proud of our Corps and our Marines," said Black. "I look forward to serving the Marines, Sailors and families that dedicate themselves to the Corps every day."
Green, a Jackson, Mississippi native, turned over his responsibilities after serving as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps since 2015.
During his time as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Green worked hard to assist the Commandant in improving lethality through innovative training, increasing educational opportunities for enlisted Marines, and advocating for Marine and Family resources.
“I want to thank all the Marines, Civilian Marines, Sailors, families and everyone who supports our Corps every day,” said Green. “It has been an honor to serve as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Though I am no longer in the game, I will be cheering from the sidelines. Take care of our Corps, your fellow Marines, your families and yourselves. Semper Fidelis.”