Major Robert F. May is from Washington, DC and graduated from the University of Maryland University College. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 31, 1993 and attended recruit training at MCRD, Parris Island, South Carolina. Following recruit training, Private First Class May attended Marine Combat Training and School of Infantry (SOI), Camp Geiger, North Carolina for his MOS training as a 0352 Infantryman. Upon graduation he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
In February 1994, Lance Corporal May received orders to serve as an anti-tank assaultman with 4th Marine Regiment, Okinawa, Japan.
In February 1995, Lance Corporal May received orders to 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR), Twentynine Palms, California. He deployed twice to Okinawa, Japan once with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and with Delta Company 3d LAR. During his tours, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal, meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and served as a section leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Platoon Commander for Weapons Company.
In May 1998, Sergeant May received orders to Marine Security Guard (MSG) Battalion. Upon completion of MSG School; Sergeant May was assigned duty as the Assistant Detachment Commander in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In February 2000, Sergeant May was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred to the Pentagon to serve as a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the security detail for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In August 2001, Staff Sergeant May was transferred to Headquarters Company, Headquarters United States Marine Corps to serve as the Company Gunnery Sergeant.
In October 2002, Staff Sergeant May was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and received orders to Officer Candidate School (OCS), Quantico, Virginia.
From October 2002 to December 2003, Lieutenant May attended OCS, The Basic School, Martial Arts Instructor Course, Infantry Officers Course and Light Armored Vehicle Leaders Course. Upon completion of his schooling he received orders to 2nd LAR Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as a Platoon Commander, LAR MEU Detachment Commander and Executive Officer completing three tours in Fallujah, Hit and Rutbah, Iraq between 2004 and 2007.
In November 2007, Captain May was transferred to SOI, Camp Geiger, North Carolina, where he served as a Company Commander, Instructor Group Officer In Charge, Operations Officer, and Deputy Director of the Combat Instructor School.
In May 2010, Captain May attended Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virgina.
In May 2011, Captain May was transferred to 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as a Company Commander and Operations Officer completing a deployment as the mechanized Company Commander for the 24th MEU. In March 2013, Captain May was selected to serve as the Current Operations Officer for 2d Marine regiment until, deploying to serve with Task Force Belleau Wood in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Major May was promoted to his current rank on September 1st, 2013 and reported for duty in July 2014 as the Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Fort Worth, 8th Marine Corps District.
Major May’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars and two combat “V”s, the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star award and combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Major May was a distinguished graduate from the SOI, Sergeants Course, MSG School, OCS, TBS, EWS, and Command and Staff. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Administrative Management. He is married to his wife, Dana, and has two children, Conner and Sandra.