Command Sgt. Maj. David A. Rio
Command Sgt. Maj. David A. Rio was born and raised in Oolitic, Indiana. He enlisted in the Army on May 24, 2001, and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon graduation, he attended advanced individual training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, as an ammunition specialist. After graduation, he attended the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rio has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career, ranging from an EOD team leader, a WMD team leader, a WMD platoon sergeant, a WMD Operations noncommissioned officer, a platoon sergeant, a battalion Operations noncommissioned officer in charge, a first sergeant, a brigade Plans NCOIC, an Operations sergeant major, and a battalion command sergeant major. Command Sgt. Maj. Rio served in Operation Enduring Freedom as an EOD team member, an EOD team leader, and a platoon sergeant.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rio is a graduate of the Basic Leader Course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania; the Advanced and Senior Leaders Courses at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; and the Sergeants Major Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from Indiana University.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rio's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal
(with one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Combat Action Badge, and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rio is married to Mrs. Joanna Rio and they have two children, Owen and Evelyn.