Sergeant Major Robin C. Fortner
Marine Corps Systems Command
Sergeant Major Robin C. Fortner was born in Brooklyn, New York. In August of 1990, she enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina, where she was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. Private First Class Fortner was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to attend the Basic Supply Warehousing School and obtain the MOS 3051. Private First Class Fortner graduated at the top of her class and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in January 1991. After completion of school, Lance Corporal Fortner’s first assignment was 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
During her tour, Lance Corporal Fortner worked primarily in the Security Cage of the Sassy Management Unit. She was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal in June 1992 and later transferred to Marine Air Traffic Control Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan. While serving as the Warehouse Chief, Corporal Fortner began cross training into the Supply Administration MOS 3043 and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 1994..
In June 1999, Staff Sergeant Fortner reported to Weapons Field Training Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina, to serve as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor. She trained both male and female recruits in the basic fundamentals of marksmanship. Staff Sergeant Fortner would achieve the billet of Chief Instructor before reporting to Drill Instructor School in April 2001.
Staff Sergeant Fortner graduated as Honor Graduate of Drill Instructor School and was assigned to Co. O, 4th Recruit Training Battalion where she completed eight cycles. In September 2002, Staff Sergeant Fortner was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
After a successful drill instructor tour, Gunnery Sergeant Fortner transferred to Okinawa, Japan, and was assigned to G-4, 3d Marine Logistics Group as the Supply Chief. Additionally, she served as the lead Supply Analyst and Drill Analyst for the Commanding General’s Inspection Program. During this tour, she deployed several times to different areas of the Pacific, in addition to serving with Joint Task Force 536 to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 2005.
Gunnery Sergeant Fortner attained the rank of First Sergeant and reported to Headquarters Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, in May 2006. Sergeant Fortner was later transferred to 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF Headquarters Group, Camp Pendleton, California, in July of 2007 and assigned as Alpha Company, Company First Sergeant. She deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for Detachment 08-02. She deployed again as Company First Sergeant in 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon her return in February 2011, First Sergeant Fortner was directed to report to 4th RTBn, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.
In April 2011, Sergeant Major Fortner assumed the duties as the Battalion Sergeant Major of 4th RTBn. In August 2013, Sergeant Major Fortner received orders to 2d Law Enforcement Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Soon after, she was hand selected to lead the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, 2d Marine Division. Upon its deactivation, Sergeant Major Fortner served as the Battalion Sergeant Major at 2d Supply Battalion, 2d MLG until she took over as the Director for the Camp Lejeune Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in February 2016. In January 2018, Sergeant Major Fortner executed orders to Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, to serve as MCSC Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Fortner’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd Award) and various campaign and unit awards. Sergeant Major Fortner is the recipient of the 2012 Megan McClung Leadership Award. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intelligence Studies and a Dual Masters of Arts degree in Leadership and Management and Human Resource Management.