Command Sgt. Maj. Benito A Perez Jr was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the National Guard in Los Angeles, California, July 14, 1989, and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, graduating as a 13B mechanical crewman in the Field Artillery. Perez joined the regular Army Feb. 7, 1990.
Perez has served in a variety of assignments, which include; advance party, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; ammo team chief, Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Kirch Goens, Germany; Howitzer Gunner, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, Fort Carson; Howitzer section chief, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; Battery A, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea; drill sergeant, Battery D, 1st Battalion, 19thField Artillery Regiment; Battery B, 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill; platoon sergeant, Battery C, 3rdBattalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; senior instructor writer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill; first sergeant, Battery E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill; senior enlisted advisor for the 3rd Division Military Transition Team, Fort Riley, Kansas; battalion operation sergeant major, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill; brigade operation sergeant major, 214 Fires Brigade, Fort Sill; senior enlisted advisor for the 4th Iraq Army Division Military Transition Team, Fort Polk, Louisiana; operation sergeant major, 7thSquadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson; command sergeant major, 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Carson; command sergeant major, 2nd Brigade ABCT 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson; command sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 290th Field Artillery Regiment; and command sergeant major, Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Also, Perez previously served in five campaigns: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom 1 and 5, Operation New Dawn and Operation Spartan Shield.
Perez’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, the United States Sergeants Major Academy (class 59), Drill Sergeant School, and Air Assault School. Perez received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University.
His awards and decorations include; The Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (With V device, and silver oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Driver Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and The Order of Saint Maurice.