Title: Gunnery Sergeant
Company: United States Marine Corps
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Sgt. Ray Rodriguez, Gunnery Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Marine Corps.
Holding considerable expertise in Marine Aviation Supply and Inventory Control, Gunnery Sgt. Rodriguez graduated from Fort Collins High School and went on to join the United States Marine Corps in 1973. Rising to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the time he retired in 1994. He furthered his studies during this time with coursework in Marine Aviation Supply Management and Operations at the Marine Aviation Supply School. Between 1989 and 1992, he was an Instructor for the Senior Marine Aviation Supply School teaching the Sergeants through Master Sergeants. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, he joined the Kaman Sciences Corporation at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico from 1994 to 2002, where he worked on a high-altitude balloon experiment with lasers, before joining the University of New Mexico and completing a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and operations in 2004.
Subsequently becoming a Supply Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation from 2003 to 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Rodriguez went on to hold the position of Inventory Control Manager for supply and support with the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement. Remaining active in his community, he has been very involved with the First Creek Home Owners Association since 2007 and has served variously as a board member, president and vice president. He also maintains professional affiliation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Harbor Foundation and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Considering his greatest achievement to be his 21-year career in the Marine Corps, Mr. Rodriguez particularly recalls the time when he was on active duty in Beirut during the bombing at the headquarters and barracks on October 23, 1983, and he received a Combat Action Ribbon from the Marine Corps that same year. He has also been recognized with two Achievement Medals from the Navy and Marine Corps, the first in 1992 for reprogramming of the senior Marine aviation supply course and the second in 1993 for an error-free inspection. Other military honors to his name include three Sea Service Medals in 1978, 1983 and 1986; six Good Conduct Medals; and several Meritorious Service Medals from the Marine Corps.
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