Sergeant Major Bankus is a native of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in October 1992 and underwent recruit training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Alpha Company, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. and was promoted to Private First Class by contract upon graduation. In July 1993 he graduated the M1A1 Basic Crewman Course at Fort Knox, KY. He was then ordered to Company B, 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
During his time with Bravo Company, He served as Tank Commander, Section Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. He supported several Combined Arms Exercises, a Fleet week, a Cooperative Osprey Exercise, and an MPF offload.
In September of 1996, he reported for duty to Marine Corps Security Force Training Company, Chesapeake Virginia for school. Upon graduation Sergeant Bankus was assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Company Kings Bay, Georgia.
While assigned to MCSFCO Kings Bay, Sergeant Bankus was put in charge of the Recapture Tactics Teams. As the RTT platoon sergeant, Sgt Bankus was responsible for training all Marines selected from Kings Bay to train at the Close Quarters Battle School. In June 1999, He was promoted to the rank of SSgt and ordered to report to 2nd Tank Battalion Camp Lejeune, NC.
SSgt Bankus was assigned to Bravo Company. He went to Master Gunner School in 2001 and became the company Master Gunner upon his return. SSgt Bankus was selected for promotion to GySgt in June of 2002. In January 2003 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Platoon Sergeant and was in support of 3rd Battalion 5th Marines until June 2003. GySgt Bankus returned to Camp Lejeune and received orders to 1st Tank Battalion 1st Marine Division at 29 Palms, California.
GySgt Bankus arrived in November of 2003 and was assigned to Charlie Company as a Platoon Sergeant. In March of 2004, GySgt Bankus deployed in support of OIF II. Upon his return in October 2004 he was assigned as the Company Gunny of Headquarters and Service Company.
In December 2006 GySgt Bankus was promoted and given orders to report to 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune NC. 1stSgt Bankus was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8 as the Company First Sergeant of Truck Company. In August of 2007 First Sergeant Bankus deployed to support OIF. On 23 April 2008, 1stSgt Bankus was reassigned to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as their Battalion Sergeant Major.
1stSgt Bankus was posted as the CLB 26 SgtMaj in June of 2009. In April of 2010, 1stSgt Bankus received orders to HQSPTBN, MCB Camp Lejeune and assigned to Alpha Company as the Company 1stSgt. In August 2011, 1stSgt Bankus was promoted to his current rank and given orders to 8th Engineer Support Battalion.
SgtMaj Bankus was posted as the Battalion SgtMaj for 8th Engineer Support Battalion on 26 September 2011. SgtMaj Bankus deployed to Afghanistan 12.1 from May until August 2012. On 18 April 2013, SgtMaj Bankus received orders to report to SOI-W Camp Pendleton for duty as the HQ Bn SgtMaj.
His decorations include the, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device and three gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.