In Recognition of the Retirement of Command Sergeant Major Ronald T. Riling IIby Representative Mo Brooks
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Mr. BROOKS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, I would like to honor Command
Sergeant Major Ronald T. Riling II, the 14th Command Sergeant Major of
the U.S. Army Materiel Command, on the occasion of his retirement
following 31 years of exemplary service to the United States Army. He
is one of only four Command Sergeants Major of Four Star Commands in
the United States Army.
Command Sergeant Major Riling began his Army career in February 1983 as a 19D Cavalry Scout, completing his One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, KY and will conclude his career as the personal advisor to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command on all enlisted-related matters; primarily focusing on the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families across the command; and Command Sergeant Major Riling has performed admirably and honorably at home and abroad.
His career achievements include three successful combat tours, two in Iraq and one in Haiti. CSM Riling's awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit (2nd OLC), Bronze Star (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (Silver OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), and many other awards; and as Command Sergeant Major Riling's career winds down, he will be remembered for many of his attributes--strength of character, steadfast courage and superior and compassionate leadership. He will also be remembered and admired for being a ``Soldier's Soldier".
As Command Sergeant Major Riling and his wife, Melinda, begin the next phase of their lives, I am pleased that they are retiring in my Congressional district. I want to express the warmest regards and heartfelt gratitude of the Nation for all that they have done and all that the Riling family has sacrificed to support the defense of the United States of America.
On behalf of all those touched by his service, we wish Command Sergeant Major Riling good luck, good ground, and Godspeed. Army Strong! ____________________