Ssgt Mark Alan Mermis Jr was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 04, 1984. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 28, 2002, and shipped off in July 2003 to recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, California.
Upon graduating from recruit training in October 2003 from MCRD San Diego as a meritorious Private First Class (PFC). PFC Mermis checked into the School of Infantry for Marine Combat Training (MCT) aboard Camp Pendleton, California, where he successfully completed his course in November 2003.
PFC Mermis was then transferred to the US Army Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, for the Motor Vehicle Operators Course where he attained the Military Occupation Specialty of 3531 in November 2003.
PFC Mermis reported to the 2nd Marine Division, 3rd Battalion 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune North Carolina for duty as a Motor Transport Operator during February 2004. He assumed the billet of dispatcher, operational vehicle equipment clerk, Assistant Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System clerk and Publications clerk. In May of 2004, PFC Mermis was promoted meritoriously to Lance Corporal (LCpl) and sent to an Advance Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School within his current MOS known as the Vehicle Recovery Course located at the US Army Training Center in Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. He graduated in August of 2004 and returned to his parent Command in Camp Lejeune, N.C. While serving with the 10th Marine Regiment, LCpl Mermis attended several Marksmanship Courses earning him a certification whereupon he became a Range Coach for his Battalion, and an M2.50 caliber course Assistant Instructor.
In February of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal (Cpl) and deployed to Iraq from February 2005 to February 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (IOF), while temporarily assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) as the Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of the Land Movement Control Center for the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3.Upon his return from Iraq, Cpl Mermis successfully completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Environmental Management Division’s Above Ground Storage Tank/Underground Storage Tank course in August of 2006, progressing on to Ground Ammunition Explosives Course and Explosives Drivers Course in October of 2006.
In November of 2006, Cpl Mermis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt), reenlisted and executed orders to the Headquarters Unit for First Marine Corps District in April of 2007 as a Motor Transport Chief and Assistant Logistics Chief, where he served for the next three years. In April of 2010, Sgt Mermis volunteered to go to the Basic Recruiters Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. In June of 2010 he graduated and returned to continue to work under the First Marine Corps District, checking into Recruiting Station New York as a canvassing recruiter. In July of 2012, Sgt Mermis was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and nominated and as the Eastern Recruiting Region (ERR) Recruiter of the year. He won this title during a board that competed and completed in December of 2012.
Ssgt Mermis is currently assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station New York as a Station Commander for Recruiting Substation Patchogue.
Ssgt Mermis’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of third award.