Sergeant Major Murcia enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June, 1992 and graduated from 1st Recruit Training Battalion, San Diego, CA., 28 August 1992. Upon completing Marine Combat Training and the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA., he received the military occupational specialty of 0351 Assaultman, and was merit oriously pr omoted t o Lance Corporal.
He received orders to 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d MARDIV, Kaneohe Bay, HI., where he served as a Dragon Gunner with Weapons Company from February 1993 to January 1994. He also served as an Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, and Chief Scout Sniper in the Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon, Headquarters & Service Company, from February 1994 to June 1997 where he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal and Sergeant. During this a ssignment, he deployed three times.
In July 1997, Sergeant Murcia received orders to Camp Lejeune, NC., where he served as the Assault Section Leader, Platoon Guide, and Platoon Sergeant in Company L, 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d MARDIV, and deployed with the 24th MEU. During this assignment, he participated in Operation DELIBERATE GUARD in Bosnia and deployed two times.
In March 2000, Sergeant Murcia then reported to 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d MARDIV, where he served as the Assault Section Leader, Machine Gun Section Leader, and Weapons Platoon Sergeant of Company F and deployed with the 26th MEU. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
In January 2002, Staff Sergeant Murcia requested and received orders to Drill Instructor School, San Diego, CA. Upon graduation in March 2002, he reported to Company G, 2d Recruit Training Battalion, and served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Series Chief Drill Instructor, and was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
In April 2005, he reported to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st MARDIV where he served as a Platoon Sergeant and a Platoon Commander in the Mobile Assault Company. During this assignment, he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 25 April 2006, he was assigned to Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st MARDIV and served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and deployed with the 13th MEU and again participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Gunnery Sergeant Murcia was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant in March 2008 and reported to Edson Range, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA., where he served a s the Range Company First Ser geant until June 2009.
In June 2009, he received orders and reported to Hialeah, FL., where he served as the Inspector-Instructor’s First Sergeant for Detachment 4, TOW and Scout Platoon, Headquarters & Service Company, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th MARDIV.
In May 2012, First Sergeant Murcia received orders to Headquarters Battalion, 1st MARDIV where he served as the Company First Sergeant for Truck Company B, and was promoted in March 2013 to his current Rank of Sergeant Major.
On 2 April 2013, Sergeant Major Murcia reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d MAW, Miramar, CA., where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major. During this assignment, he deployed in participation of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
On 13 November 2014, Sergeant Major Murcia reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 15, Headquarters Regiment, 1st MLG, Camp Pendleton, CA., where he served as the Battalion Sergeant Major. During this a ssignment, he deployed with the 15th MEU .
In February 2016, Sergeant Major Murcia reported to Recruiting Station San Diego, 12th Marine Corps District, San Diego, CA., where he served as the Recruiting Station Sergeant Major until February 2018.
In February 2018, Sergeant Major Murcia reported to the 23d Marine Regiment, 4th MARDIV, San Bruno, CA., where he served as the Regimental Inspector-Instructor’s Ser geant Major.
Sergeant Major Murcia’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.