COL WILLIE RIOS III
COL Willie Rios III received his commissioned from the University of Houston ROTC Program and entered active duty in 1991 as a Field Artillery Officer and later transitioned to the Quartermaster Corps in 1993.
Military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Nuclear Warhead Detachment Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, Ariel Delivery Management Course; Support Operations Course and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2002-2003. Civilian education includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Texas Southern University, Houston, TX in 1990 and a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College in 2003. COL Rios attended the Army War College Fellowship Program with attendance at Texas A&M University and the Bush School of Government and International Studies from 2010-2011.
COL Rios has served in a myriad of staff and leadership positions throughout his military career to include assignments in Greece while assigned to SETAF as a Maintenance and Assembly Team Leader; Fire Support Officer for 5/29th FA BN/4th ID; Platoon Leader and Supply and Service Officer 704th Main Support BN, 4th ID. Brigade S4, 29th Support Group, 21st TAACOM, Germany in support of Operation Joint Endeavor; Company Commander, 51st Maintenance BN, 29th Support Group, Germany. In 1998, COL Rios participated in a Training with Industry (TWI) Program in Tacoma, WA followed by serving as the Executive Officer and Director of Training, Army Center of Excellence-Subsistence, Fort Lee, VA. COL Rios served as the Corps Distribution Command Support Operations Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and as the 13th COSCOM Special Troops Battalion Support Operations Officer. He served as the Secretary of the General Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff, G4 for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) while deployed in support of OIF 06-08. COL Rios assumed command of the 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210th Fires BDE/2nd ID in 2007; and later served as the 1st Army, Division-West, ACofS, G4, FT Hood, TX. COL Rios was last assigned as the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 while deployed to Afghanistan in support of NTM-A/CSTC-A from November 2011-September 2012.
His awards and decorations includes a Bronze Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal (Bosnia & Afghanistan), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal. COL Rios proudly wears the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist and Rigger Badges.