CSM (Ret) Ricardo B. Medina
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Medina is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor's in Arts Degree. He completed the Sergeants Major Academy, the Non-Commissioned Officer's highest military education, in Fort Bliss, TX, in 2005. His other principal military education courses include 74D Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Non-commissioned Officer (NCO), 63H Track Vehicle Repairer, 92A Automated Logistics Specialist, 42A Administrative Specialist, and 19E Armor Crewman, as well as Military Transition Team (Combat Adviser), Airborne School, Master Fitness Trainer, Facilitator Course, Small Group Trainer, and numerous specialty-training courses.
CSM Medina began his military career as a private. He graduated from the Armor Crewman One-Station Unit Training Course from Ft Knox, KY and completed his initial active duty enlistment with Company D, 2nd Battalion 32nd Armor in The Republic of West Germany. He enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard as a Medical Supply Specialist with Company C (MED) 108th Support Battalion, and then joined the Active/Guard Reserve program and served as a Prescribed Load List (PLL) Clerk, Unit Clerk, Supply Sergeant, Battalion Assistant Operations Sergeant, Readiness NCO, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, and numerous leadership positions from squad leader to brigade command sergeant major. His last assignment was as the Senior Enlisted Adviser and Command Sergeant Major for the 108th Sustainment Brigade (Forward) during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was embedded as an adviser to the Iraqi Army as part of the Coalition Army Advisory Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. He retired after completing over 26 years of active duty service, and then taught Military Science, under the Military Science Department, at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
CSM Medina's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hour Glass and M Devices), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Overseas Ribbon (2nd Award), Illinois Military Distinguished Service Medal, Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal (4th Award), Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
His civic affiliations include life member National Guard Association of Illinois, life member U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officer Association, the Chemical Corps Regimental Association, the Order of the Dragon, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2868, the American Legion, Robert E. Coulter Jr. Post 1941, Phi Theta Kappa Chi-Zeta Honor Society, and the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association, Chapter 7-Illinois.