Command Sgt. Maj. Jose A. Ruiz was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the Army December 1993 as a personnel administration specialist. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and Advance Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
His military education includes Basic Airborne School, Warrior Leadership course, Total Army Instructor Training, Action Officer Development Course, SIDPERS TACCS Operations, 42A Advance Leaders Course, Supervisor Development Course, Army Retention Course, Army Basic Recruiter course, Human Resources Management Course, 42A Senior Leaders Course, Station Commanders Course, DA First Sergeant Course, Guidance Counselor-Operations Course, the United States Army Recruiting First Sergeant course, the United States Army Inspector General Course, Battle Staff, Master Resiliency Trainer Course and is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy Class 67.
Ruiz’s assignments include serving as personnel administration specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3/73 Armor Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; strength management NCO with the 49th Quartermaster Group, Fort Lee, Virginia; personnel sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, Fort Lee, Virginia; S-1 supervisor for the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; personnel/automation NCO for the Army Chief of Staff Office, General Officer Management Office in the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia; recruiter and center leader with the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, Arlington Recruiting Center, Arlington, Virginia; center leader for the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, Woodbridge Recruiting Center, Woodbridge, Virginia; operations sergeant major for the Albany Recruiting Battalion, Albany, New York; first sergeant for the Portland Recruiting Battalion, Vancouver Recruiting Company, Vancouver, Washington; operations sergeant major for the Portland Recruiting Battalion, Portland Oregon; assistant inspector general for the United States Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; and operations sergeant major for the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, Phoenix, Arizona.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf cluster, Army commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with 6 oak leaf cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, seven Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, NCOES ribbon with 5 device, the Army Service ribbon, He earned the Airborne Badge, Driver Badge Wheel, British Parachute Wings, the US Army Gold Recruiting Badge with 3 Sapphires, the Recruiting Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence.
Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with concentration in Management and a Master’s Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Excelsior College.
Ruiz is married and has four children.