Portrait of the Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Rietta D. Owens




Command Sgt. Maj. Rietta D. Owens enlisted into the Army March 25, 1992, completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, graduating as an administrative specialist. She has served in several leadership positions from section sergeant to battalion command sergeant major in her 26 years of military service.

Owens' various assignments and positions throughout her career include: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Aviation Brigade Fort Ord, California; 566th Adjutant General Company (Postal), Schweinfurt, Germany; 90th Postal Company, Wurzburg, Germany; Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 187th Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; United States Army Garrison, Fort Myer, Virginia; 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson; 3rd Infantry Division Inspector General Office, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Headquarters Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; White House Military Office, Washington, D.C.; Army Review Boards Agency, Arlington, Virginia; and III Corps and Fort Hood Inspector General Office, Fort Hood, Texas. Owens’ deployment experience includes: Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Support Hope, Entebbe, Uganda; and Operation Iraqi Freedom III/VI.

Owens is a graduate of all Noncommissioned Officers’ Education System courses culminating with Class 62 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Owens is also a graduate of the First Sergeants Course; Army Drill Sergeant Course and The Inspector General Course. Her civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Columbia College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Human Resources Management from Webster University.

Owens' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (second award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award), Army Commendation Medal (fourth award), Army Achievement Medal (eighth award), Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), National Defense Service Medal (second award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (two bronze stars), Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (second award), Army Meritorious Unit Award, Presidential Service Badge, Army Staff Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge. She is also a member of the distinguished Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.