Command Sergeant Major Ray A. Devens
Command Sergeant Major, Eighth Army
Command Sergeant Major Ray Devens entered the United States Army on 1 October 1982 at Cape Coral in Florida. He trained as a light infantryman and graduated from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Command Sergeant Major Devens has served as a 90mm RR Gunner, Rifle Team Leader, and Rifle Squad Leader, with 1/75th Ranger Regiment, HAAF, Georgia; PSG with 5-14th INF “Golden Dragons” and Pre-Ranger Instructor with 25th INF DIV Light Infantry Training Command (LITC), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; PSG with 3/75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; Detachment First Sergeant with 75th Ranger Reconnaissance Detachment (RRD), Fort Benning, Georgia; 1SG with V Corps LRRC (E Co. 51st INF/ABN), Darmstadt, Germany; Battalion Operations SGM and CSM, 1/75th Ranger Regiment, HAAF, Georgia; Squadron CSM and Group CSM with US Army Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG), Fort Meade, Maryland; G3 SGM with I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Division CSM with 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Command Sergeant Major Devens has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 53. He is a graduate of the Battle Staff Course, the First Sergeants Course, as well as many U.S. Army Maneuver/Infantry schools, International (Pacific/European) Military Training Courses, and numerous Special Operations-Small Unit Tactics schools.
CSM Devens has participated in several combat operations as well as operations other than war to include; 1983, Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury; 1993 Somalia, Operation Gothic Serpent; 1998 Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Joint Endeavour; 1999, Albania, Operation Noble Anvil; 2000 Kosovo, Operation Allied Force; multiple deployments from 2003 to 2010, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, multiple deployments from 2003 to 2010, Operation Iraqi freedom, Iraq, and in 2011, Operation New Dawn, Iraq.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 x oak leaf cluster), the Bronze Star (1 x oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (6 x oak leaf cluster); the Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 x oak leaf cluster); the National Defense Service Medal; the Army Good Conduct Medal (9th x award); the Army Achievement Medal (2 x oak leaf cluster); the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4); the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Spearhead and 2 x star); The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with star); The Iraq Campaign Medal (with star); The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; The Global War on Terrorism Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon (2 x oak leaf cluster); United Nations Operation Somalia Medal (UNOSOM) Ribbon; NATO Ribbon (Bosnia); NATO Ribbon (Kosovo); USNG Alaska State Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon; the Army Presidential Unit Citation; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1 x oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Unit Commendation; US Army Pentagon Staff Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge and Combat Infantryman Badges (1 x star); Master Parachutist Badge; Master Military Freefall Badge; Combat Diver Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Ranger Tab; Air Assault Badge; Malaysian Combat Tracker Tab; British Parachutist Wing; German Parachutist Wings; and Irish Paratrooper Wing.
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