Command Sergeant Major Atencio was born in Alamosa, Colo. He entered the U.S. Army in September 1988 and completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
He took over as Command Sergeant Major of the 5th Recruiting Brigade in July 2013, coming from the Medical Recruiting Brigade.
His first duty assignment was as a Human Resources Specialist at Fort Rucker, Alabama followed by tours in Hawaii and Fort Carson, Colorado. His recruiting assignments and duty positions include Alamosa Recruiting Station On-Production Station Commander; La Junta Recruiting Station On-Production Station Commander; Pueblo Recruiting Station Limited Production Station Commander; Security Recruiting Station-Limited Production Station Commander; Big Horn Recruiting Company-First Sergeant; Colorado Springs Recruiting Company-First Sergeant; Pittsburgh Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major and served as the Denver Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Atencio’s military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Recruiter School, Station Commander Course, Battle Staff Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course, First Sergeant Course, and Class-56, of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
He earned an Associate Degree from Hawaii Pacific University in 1993, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Excelsior University in April 2006 and his Master’s Degree in Education from TUI University in MARCH 2008 achieving Magna Cum Laude for his outstanding academic achievement. CSM Atencio’s awards and decorations include the Glenn E. Morrell Medallion, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Commendation Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Recruiter Ring and Gold Recruiter Badge (w/3 sapphires).