COL Eric Lopez
Colonel Eric Lopez is married to Christy, and they have two sons, Ryan and Nathan.
The family is involved in church, and enjoy venturing out to their new surroundings when they PCS to a new location.
COL Lopez hails from New Haven, Conn., and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1996, and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He earned a Master’s Degree in Military Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2011.
He has successfully completed military training in multiple Army schools including Ranger, Sapper, Air Assault and Airborne.
COL Lopez’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, 3-502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion 75th Ranger, Savannah, GA; Deputy Training Officer, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; Company Commander, C/1-87 Infantry (10th Mountain Division), Fort Drum, NY; 75th Ranger Regiment Staff Officer, Fort Benning, GA; Aide de Camp to HRC Commander, Alexandria, VA; Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA; Human Resources Command: Strategic Initiatives Group, Fort Knox; Battalion Commander, 2-2 Infantry, Fort Knox; Strategist (TRADOC), Fort Eustis, VA. He also served as the Deputy Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
He has seven combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, to include commanding a company and a battalion in Afghanistan, and serving as a battalion and brigade operations officer in Iraq.
COL Lopez’s most recent assignment was as a student at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, before assuming command of the U.S Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade, as the Brigade Commander.
While still a student at the War College, COL Lopez launched a leadership initiative through YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook titled Lopez on Leadership. His movement connects leaders of all ranks and branches to mentorship and coaching from senior leaders in the Army.
COL Lopez has the awards and decorations commensurate with his rank. He has earned four Bronze Star Medals during his combat deployments.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Ryan M. Razon
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ryan M. Razon was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts and joined the Army in 1990 as an Infantryman. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. CSM Razon is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 64). He is a graduate of both the DA and USAREC First Sergeant’s Course (Honor Graduate), Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, SERE School (High Risk), Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Rappel Master Course, Infantry Mortar Leader Officers Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, and the Master Army Profession and Ethics Trainer Course.
His previous assignments include the 3rd Infantry Division at Aschaffenburg, Germany, two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry (Light) at Fort Lewis, Washington. As well as being assigned to 1st SFOD-Delta for 3 years. CSM Razon was assigned to the New England Recruiting Battalion with recruiting duty at Providence, Rhode Island. He served as the Center Leader of the Providence Recruiting Center, the Dartmouth Recruiting Center, the Taunton Recruiting Center, and the Fall River Recruiting Center. CSM Razon served as the Battle Creek Company First Sergeant from March of 2009 until July of 2012. He also served as the BN Operations Sergeant Major for the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion from July 2012 until July 2013. CSM Razon served as the CSM of the SORB(A) and as the G3 Operations Sergeant Major for the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC).
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (9), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Good Conduct Medal (8), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), Humanitarian Service Medal (1), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon (1), Army Superior Unit Award (1), Valorous Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency-Gold, the Gold Recruiters badge with 3 Sapphires, the Recruiter Ring, and the SMA Glenn E. Morrell Award.
CSM Razon holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration-Marketing from Post University and a Master’s of Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.