SgtMaj Ray Mackey, USMC (Ret)

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Raymond H Mackey was born on February 2, 1963, near Tucson Arizona.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1982 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego California in February 1983.  Following recruit training, Private First Class Mackey attended Infantry Training School located at Camp Pendleton, California and upon completion was assigned the MOS 0311 Rifleman.

In May 1983, Private First Class Mackey reported to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, where he served as a Rifleman, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader, later he was selected to attend Sniper School, graduating first in his class. During this tour, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal.

In August 1985, Corporal Mackey was transferred to the Weapons Training Battalion where he served in the capacities of Range Coach, Block NCO, and Primary Marksmanship Instructor.

In November 1987 Corporal Mackey reported to Sea School.  Upon Graduation, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Constellation (CV-64), North Island California where he served as a Guard NCO and Sergeant of the Guard / Platoon Commander.


In December 1989, Sergeant Mackey executed orders to the 6th Mar Regt. Camp LeJeune, NC. where he was assigned to the 3rd Bn  6th Marines H&S Co. STA Platoon,  and participated in operation “JUST CAUSE”. In January Sgt Mackey was transferred to 1st Bn 6th Marines and served as a squad leader for “C” Company 3rd Platoon during Operations “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm”. Sgt Mackey remained with “C” Company for two more years during that time he was selected to participate in the Second Marine Division  “Rifle Squad Competition”  and lead his squad to first-place victory in 1992.

In June 1993, Sergeant Mackey was transferred to the School of Infantry and served as Squad Leader with  “E” Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion.  Promoted to Staff Sergeant in February of 1995, he served as a Platoon Commander and was later selected to instructor group for the beginning phase of “Operation Leatherneck”.


Staff Sergeant Mackey returned to the 1st Bn 6th Marines and was assigned to Weapons Company, 81mm Mortar platoon as a section leader in August 1997, and deployed to the Mederterainian as part of the T.R.P Platoon.  Promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in September  1999,  he assumed the billet of Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Sergeant.  Later, Gunnery Sergeant Mackey assumed the responsibilities’ as Platoon Commander and deployed to Okinawa in that billet.

 In January 2000, Gunnery Sergeant Mackey was again reassigned to the School of Infantry (E) to the Advanced Infantry Training Company and was assigned as an instructor for the Infantry Platoon Sergeant Course.  That same year he was assigned as Senior Instructor for the Infantry Platoon Sergeant Course.

 In January 2003, Gunnery Sergeant Mackey was reassigned as the Senior Instructor for the Marine Combat Instructor For the School Of Infantry (E).

In March of 2003, Gunnery Sergeant Mackey was “frocked” to First Sergeant and was assigned to “H” Co. Marine Combat Training Battalion where he served as Company First Sergeant.

In August of 2005, First Sergeant Mackey reported to Inspector Instructor Staff Weapons Company 3rd Bn 23rd Marines 4th Marine Division, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In March of 2006, Sergeant Major Mackey reported back to the Second Marine Division and was posted as the Sergeant Major 3rd Battalion 10th Marines where he served as the Task Force Military Police 3/10 Sergeant Major during the deployment to Iraq.

Sergeant Major Mackey was again deployed in November of 2009 with the battalion to Afghanistan and was wounded in action in Helmand Provence. 

Sergeant Major Mackey is a graduate of Scout/Sniper School, Sea School, Infantry Squad Leader Course, Infantry Platoon Sergeant Course, Advanced Mortar Leaders Course, Non-Commissioned Officer School, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Career Course, and the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Advanced Course.  Sergeant Major Mackey’s awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat device and four gold stars in lieu of subsequent award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of subsequent award, the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star and the Rifle Squad Competition Badge.

Sergeant Major Mackey is married to the former Victoria Divilio from Maryland.