CSM Ray Ramirez was born in Sierra Vista, Arizona, but raised in southern California where he graduated High School. He enlisted in the Army on 24 March 1995 and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Advanced Individual Training at Gulfport, MS where he graduated as Honor Graduate and awarded MOS 12W (Carpentry and Masonry Specialist). CSM Ramirez then attended the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in 1995 and was re-classified as a 12D (Diver).
Since then, CSM Ramirez has served as a Second-Class Diver, Salvage Diver, Diving Supervisor, Master Diver, Training Developer, First Sergeant, Chief Diving Supervisor of Engineers, and most recently as the 554th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He also deployed in 2010 as a First Sergeant in support Operation Iraqi Freedom, leading missions in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman.
Previous assignments include 74th Engineer Detachment, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA; 7th Engineer Detachment, 29th Engineer Battalion, Fort Shafter, HI; 569th Engineer Detachment, 10th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA; 511th Engineer Detachment, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA; 1st Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Alpha Company, 169th Engineer Battalion, Panama City Beach, FL; and the 554th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
CSM Ramirez’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (“5” Numeral), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (“2” Numeral), Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Assault Badge, and the Master Diver Badge.
CSM Ramirez is a graduate of Warrior Leader Course (Commandant’s List), Advanced Leader Course (Honor Graduate), Senior Leader Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Battalion Pre-command Course, Air Assault Course, Instructor Training Course, Systems Approach to Training Course, Training Development Course, Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, Basic Underwater Construction Course, Salvage Construction Demolition Diving Course, OPDS Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM) Technician Course, Battle Staff Course, and Master Resilience Training (MRT) Course.
CSM Ramirez holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.