Alan (AL) Gourlay served in the Marine Corps for 30 years and retired as a Sergeant Major in 2005. He served in 3 Infantry Battalions holding the billets of Rifleman through First Sergeant. Special Duty Assignments included; Inspector-Instructor Duty, Drill Instructor Duty, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and Marine Officer Instructor Duty, University of Florida. Once selected to First Sergeant, he also served with 2nd Intelligence Company and II Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Forces Atlantic Headquarters Company. As a Sergeant Major, he served with Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps as the Sergeant Major of the Performance Evaluation Branch then transferred to Camp Lejeune where he served as the Sergeant Major of the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Anti Terrorism where he retired. Since departing the Marine Corps, he has worked as a support contractor with Marine Corps Systems Command. He has supported numerous programs to include the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps, and the Distributed Common Ground Surface/System-Marine Corps in the areas of training and logistics.