LTC Mark Ripley
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ripley, a U.S. Army active duty Adjutant Generals Corps officer, proudly serves the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade, United States Army Recruiting Command.
Lieutenant Colonel Ripley was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at San Diego State University September 1997. His key leadership and developmental assignments include Platoon Leader (Military Mail Terminal, Kimpo Airport), Commander, Delta Company, 516th Personnel Services Battalion (Camp Coiner, Korea); Operations Officer, Sacramento MEPS; G1 Readiness Officer, 2nd Infantry Division; Deputy G1/Strength Manager 1st Theater Sustainment Command (Fort Bragg, NC); G1 Plans and Operations Officer, 2nd Infantry Division; Brigade S1, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (Camp Hovey, Korea); Deputy G1/Plans and Operations Officer, I Corps (JBLM, WA).
Lieutenant Colonel Ripley deployed with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command to Kuwait from 2009 – 2010 as the Deputy G1 Fwd. He also served as part of a Reception, Staging, Onward, & Integration assessment team to Afghanistan during the same period.
Lieutenant Colonel Ripley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management. He also attended the Strategic Studies Fellows Program at the University of North Carolina in 2014. His military awards and decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, one Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Korea Service Defense Medal, and the NATO medal.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Elvin J. Nuells
Command Sergeant Major Elvin J. Nuells enlisted in the United States Army on October 19, 1990 from Victoria, Texas. He received his Basic Training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training as an Administration Specialist at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. After graduation, CSM Nuells deployed to Operation Desert Storm.
CSM Nuells has served in many positions during his Army career. Prior to his assignment at the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, he served as the Company First Sergeant, East Bay Recruiting Company, Pleasant Hill, CA. Other key assignment were Operations Sergeant Major, Fresno Recruiting Battalion, Fresno, CA; Company First Sergeant, Baybrook Recruiting Company, Houston, TX and Company First Sergeant, San Marcos Recruiting Company, San Marcos, TX. He mastered his recruiting skill sets for nine years throughout rural and metropolitan areas within the San Antonio and Houston Recruiting Battalions.
Prior to his DA selection for recruiting duty in 2002, CSM Nuells served as Post Master (COPE) for the Bravo Detachment 509th PSB, Camp Casey, Korea. He also served in many different positions at New Orleans Military Entrance Processing Station to include Testing NCOIC, Travel NCOIC and Operations NCOIC.
CSM Nuells’ military education are as followed: Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Postal Operations, Postal Supervisor Course, Army Recruiting Course, Center Leader Course, Senior Leaders Course, DA 1SG Course, Recruiting 1SG Course, Command Sergeants Major/Operations Recruiting Course, Guidance Counselor Operation Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66). Throughout his career, he graduated from noncommissioned officer professional development courses required for each level of expertise. CSM Nuells earned a Bachelor in Science from Excelsior College.
CSM Nuells’ awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters) Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).