Sergeant Major Matthew A. Conrad enlisted in the Marine Corps in Aug. of 1995. He completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, Cal. Upon completion of recruit training he reported to SOI-West, Infantry Training Battalion for MOS training as a 0331 Machine Gunner.
In Feb. 1996 he completed his MOS training and reported to G Co, 2D Battalion 4th Marines. While assigned to G Co, 2/4 he served as a Machinegun Gunner, MG Team Leader, MG Squad Leader, and MG Section Leader in Weapons Platoon. During this time he deployed twice with G Co, 2/4 as part of the 31st MEU and was promoted to the rank of Corporal then Sergeant. On his second deployment with the 31st MEU he participated in Operation Desert Fox.
In Aug. 1999 he reported to SOI-West for duty as a Squad Instructor Marine Combat Training Battalion. After 18 months as a Squad Instructor he was transferred to Advanced Infantry Training Company for duty as a Machine Gun Leaders Course Instructor.
In Nov. 2001 he received orders to 1st Battalion 5th Marines were he served as a Heavy Machine gun Squad Leader and Section Leader and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. In Oct 2003 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant, remained in Weapons Co as a Platoon Sergeant, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
At the completion of his second deployment with 1/5 he received orders to Drill Instructor school MCRD, Parris Island, SC in Dec 2004. At the completion of DI School he held the billets of Drill Instructor, RPC Co GySgt, Senior Drill Instructor, and Series GySgt.
In May 2008 he reported to 3D Battalion 7th Marines for duty as Co GySgt for "L" Co and later H&S Co deploying once in support of OIF and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In April. 2011 he received orders to Battle Creek, MI for duty as Inspector-Instructor 1stSgt for Engineer Support Co and Bridge Co "A", 6th ESB. In Mar 2014 he executed orders to Marine Artillery Detachment, Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he served as the Marine Battery First Sergeant.
In March 2016 he was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island where he served as Battalion Sergeant Major, Third Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD Parris Island.
In April 2017 he assumed his position as Battalion Sergeant Major, Support Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD Parris Island.
Sgt. Maj. Conrad’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/V (2 Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars) and Combat Action Ribbon.