State Command Sergeant Major,
Massachusetts National Guard

Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos O. Ramos Rivera


CSM Ramos Rivera was appointed as the 7th State Command Sergeant Major of the Massachusetts National Guard on 13 December 2013.

He is a native of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.  He enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard on December 1986, as an AH-1 attack helicopter weapons systems repairer.  He attended Basic Training at Ft Dix, NJ, advanced individual training at Ft Eustis, VA, and has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the Sergeants Major Academy.  Some of his other courses include the Air National Guard Chief’s Executive Course, Harvard University’s Leadership in Homeland Security Course, the Force Management Course, the US Army War College Executive Leaders Course, and the National Defense University’s KEYSTONE Course.

CSM Ramos Rivera deployed to Kuwait in 2005-2006, as the CSM of Aviation Task Force Kuwait, which provided rotary wing, fixed wing, and Navy MEDEVAC support to Third Army.  He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as the CSM of Task Force Kabul, which provided Embedded Training Teams and Police Mentor Teams to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police throughout Kabul Province.

CSM Ramos Rivera holds an Associate in Business Administration from Quincy College, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Excelsior College, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. He is currently on leave of absence from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Boston, MA.  He and his wife, Luz, live in Douglas, MA.  Their two sons, Carlos and Kenny, are both former members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and OIF/OEF veterans.

  • AH-1 Cobra Weapons and Fire Control Systems Repairer, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Aircraft Weapon Systems Technical Inspector, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Component Repair Supervisor, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Detachment Sergeant, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Platoon Sergeant, Co D, 1-126th Aviation
  • First Sergeant Co D, 1-126th Aviation
  • First Sergeant, Headquarters Supply Co, 226th DASB
  • Operations Sergeant 226th Division Aviation Support Battalion
  • Command Sergeant Major, 226th Division Aviation Support Battalion
  • Command Sergeant Major, 3-126th Aviation
  • Command Sergeant Major, 79th Troop Command
  • Command Sergeant Major, 1-101st Field Artillery
  • Command Sergeant Major, 51st Troop Command
  • Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and Mobilization device
  • Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4
  • Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • NATO ISAF Medal
  • Massachusetts Service Medal with 25-year Eagle device
  • Massachusetts Desert Storm Service Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Defense Expeditionary Ribbon with Bronze Service Star
  • Massachusetts Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Service Star
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Master Aviation Badge
  • German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge – Gold
  • Honorable Order of Saint Michael
  • Lifetime Member, Massachusetts National Guard Enlisted Association (former Vice President – Army)
  • Yankee Redleg Chapter of the United States Field Artillery Association
  • Army Aviation Association of America, Minuteman Chapter (former Secretary)
  • Association of the First Corps of Cadets
  • Association of the Second Corps of Cadets
  • Yankee Division Veteran’s Administration
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • The American Legion
  • Association of the US Army


(Current as of 17 August 2016)



Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major

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