Ronald T. Riling

Ronald T. Riling

Trident University International Graduate

Hall of Distinguished Alumni | Class of 2006

Riling is a native of Riverview, Michigan. He began his Army career in 1983 as a Cavalry Scout, completing initial entry and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, KY. He now serves as the Commanding General’s personal advisor on all matters relating to enlisted Soldiers with the emphasis on training, safety and quality of life. CSM Riling moved from FORSCOM, the Army’s largest command, from First Army where he had served as its Command Sergeant Major since June 2007.

Riling's assignments include 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, at Fort Campbell, KY.; 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, Fort Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, Fort Jackson, SC; 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armor (Airborne), Fort Bragg; 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Camp Garry Owen, Republic of Korea; Purdue University; 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry, Fort Lewis, WA.; 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Fort Riley, KS.; 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX; and First Army, Atlanta, GA.

Military Status

  • Status: Active Duty
  • Branch: U.S. Army
  • Rank: Command Sergeant Major
  • Years: 1983-Present
  • Accolades:
    • Badges: Drill Sergeant Badge; Ranger Tab; Master Parachutist Bade; Pathfinder Badge; Air Assault Badge; Australian Parachutist Badge, the Order of St. George and St. Barbara
    • Military Education: Air Assault School; Airborne School; Jumpmaster School; Pathfinder School; Ranger School; Drill Sergeant School; Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Courses; First Sergeant Course, and the U.S. Army Sergeant’s Major Academy.

Education History

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Trident University International (2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Star Medal
  • Legion of Merit Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Bronze Star Medal, with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal with 3rd Oak leaf Cluster
  • Army Achievement Medal with 4th Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp with 4th Loop
  • National Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4
  • Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon