SSgt. Trevor P. Blaylock
Died: 10 MAR 2015
Seven Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operation Command died when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crashed near Eglin, Florida, March 10, 2015.
Staff Sergeant Blaylock was born in Lake Orion, Mich, where he lived until he was 18. He attended Lake Orion High School where he swam on the Varsity Swim Team all four years while maintaining a 3.1 GPA. He joined the Delayed Entry Program after attending Henry Ford Community College for one year and achieving a 3.7 GPA. Shortly after entering the DEP he shipped to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina for basic training. Upon completion of basic training in February 2006 he attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. He then attended Basic Light Armored Vehicle Repairman’s School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., for where he was awarded as an honor graduate.
In June 2006, Lance Corporal Blaylock received orders to his first duty station at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, where he served as a mechanic. In January 2007 Lance Corporal Blaylock deployed as a scout and mechanic in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar Province. During his deployment, Lance Corporal Blaylock was dual-tasked with being a rifleman in a scout fire team and a mechanic for four light armored vehicles. He returned from his deployment in October 2007 and was placed in 2nd PLT to perform similar duties.
In June 2008, Cpl. Blaylock received orders to Light Armored Vehicle Technicians Course where he underwent his advanced training. In October 2008, Cpl. Blaylock deployed to Sahl Sinjars in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment, he was tasked as a scout and mechanic, responsible for the readiness of four LAVs and the duties of a fire team rifleman. Corporal Blaylock returned from his deployment in May 2009 where he was re-assigned as Charlie Company Ramp Chief.
In September 2009, Sgt. Blaylock was given orders to Light Armored Vehicle Training Company, School of Infantry-West, where he was assigned as Red Team Platoon Sergeant. In August 2010, Sgt. Blaylock went to MARSOC Assessment and Selection where he was selected to attend MARSOC Individual Training Course. Sergeant Blaylock attended ITC from August 2011 to May 2012 where upon graduation he was given orders to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion.
In November 2012 Sergeant Blaylock assumed his duties as an element member for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sergeant Blaylock deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2013 to June 2014 and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant on June 1, 2014.
Staff Sergeant Blaylock’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action ribbon.