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Mass. National Guard: State Command Sergeant Major Transfer of Responsibility Ceremony
Story by Master Sgt. Ryan Taylor, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos O. Ramos Rivera, the Massachusetts National Guard's outgoing State Command Sergeant Major, transferred responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor to the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, on Oct. 15, 2017.
Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory C. Widberg assumed responsibility at a ceremony held here, where a sword was passed to signify the changing of responsibility as Massachusetts' highest ranking enlisted Soldier. Ramos Rivera was appointed the seventh state Command Sergeant Major of the Massachusetts National Guard on Dec. 13, 2013 by Lt. Gen. Scott Rice, the former Adjutant General, who attended the transfer of responsibility ceremony.
During his tenure he has improved the careers of thousands of Soldiers and Airmen. His major duties were to advise the Adjutants General on how best to execute the mission, while supporting the service members under his command.
In addition to relinquishing responsibility as the Massachusetts National Guard's Command Sergeant Major, Ramos Rivera also retired after a distinguished military career.
He joined the Massachusetts National Guard in 1986 as an AH-1 attack helicopter weapons system repairer, and then went on to serve his community and the National Guard through a variety of duty positions and missions overseas.
Ramos Rivera deployed to Kuwait from 2005 to 2006 serving as the command sergeant major of Aviation Task Force Kuwait which provided Army and Navy rotary wing, fixed wing and MEDEVAC support to Third Army. Ramos Rivera's second deployment was to Afghanistan in 2010, to serve as the command sergeant major of Task Force Kabul, providing training to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
Ramos Rivera has held five other command sergeant major positions, and two first sergeant positions during his 31-year career in the Massachusetts National Guard.
Widberg will serve as the eighth command sergeant major of the Massachusetts National Guard, and brings more than 30 years of experience to the position. He was mobilized to Ft. Dix, N.J. as the first sergeant of A Company, 1-104th Infantry, to provide base security in support of Operation Noble Eagle.
He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 where he served as command sergeant major of Task Force Americal, 1-182 Infantry Regiment, assigned with providing security to Provincial Reconstruction Teams around the country.
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