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 Cynthia B. Reed
Command Sergeant Major Cynthia Reed is a native of Oxnard, California and was born on December 30, 1968. She enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1988 as a Construction Equipment Repairer and attended Basic Training at Fort Dix New Jersey; and completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri.
During her 27-year career, CSM Reed has served in many positions in and outside of the Command. Prior to her assignment at the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, she served as the Chief Military Science Instructor for Claremont McKenna College, located in Claremont, California. Other key assignments were the Riverside Company 1SG, Riverside, California. The Senior Guidance Counselor for the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station, Chicago Recruiting Battalion. She developed her recruiting skill sets for eight years throughout rural and metropolitan areas within the New Orleans and Indianapolis Recruiting Battalions. Prior to her DA selection for recruiting duty in 1995, she served as a Section Chief for the 503rd Maintenance Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Squad Leader for the 226th Maintenance Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and a Construction Equipment Repairer for the 118th Maintenance Company in Mainz, Germany. After CSM Reed’s initial 3 year tour of recruiting duty, she reclassified into MOS 79S (Career Counselor), where she served as a Brigade Career Counselor at Fort Irwin, California. In, 2001 CSM Reed became a career recruiter and was assigned to the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion, with duty as the Station Commander in Merrillville, Indiana.
CSM Reed’s military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, DA 1SG Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 63), Recruiting 1SG Course, Instructor Training Course, Guidance Counselor-Operations Course, Station Commanders Course, Army Career Counselor Course, and Army Recruiter Course. CSM Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College of Missouri, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
CSM Reed’s awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, 4th Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Achievement Medal 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal 9th award; the Army Superior Unit Award 1st Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numerical 4 device; Army Service Ribbon; Over-seas Service Ribbon; the Recruiting Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence; Driver/Mechanic Badge.