11th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division
Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year
Sgt.1st Class Richard A, Silva, Jr. is a 79V United States Army Career Counselor assigned to Headquarters, 1 th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division. He was assigned to 1 Battalion as a TPU Army Reserve Career Counselor in November 2008 and performed those duties until accepting a position into the AGR program in May 2009.
Sgt.1st Class Silva enlisted into the Army in September 1996. His first duty assignment was at Fort Benning, GA with Headquarters and Services Company, Infantry Training Brigade where he served as a Personnel Administrative Specialist. Upon his promotion to Sergeant he was reassigned to Headquarters, 2nd Battalion 54th Infantry Regiment to serve as a Personnel Administration Noncommissioned Officer. In April 2001 he was reassigned to the Southern California Recruiting Battalion, United States Army Recruiting Command to serve as the Personnel Services Noncommissioned Officer.
He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 December 2003 and in April 2004 accepted an AGR position with the California Army National Guard as a Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer. After completion of his assignment as a National Guard Recruiter in March 2007, he left the Army and took a position as a Branch Manager with the temporary staffing company, Labor Ready, After two successful years in this capacity, he reenlisted into the U.S. Army Reserve as an Army Reserve Career Counselor. He was accepted into the AGR Program on 26 May 2009 where he served as an Accessions Career Counselor for two years.
On 1 June 2010 he was promoted to Sgt.1st Class and in June 2011, he was unanimously selected by the 11th Battalion Senior Leadership Team to serve as an Assistant Operations Noncommissioned Officer. Sgt.1st Class Silva is the reigning Army Reserve Careers Division Best. Warrior and United States Army Reserve Command Best Warrior runner-up. He was also one of 10 Noncommissioned Officers selected for the 2012 79V deployment rotation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he was assigned to Kandahar Air Field from April 2012 through December 2012.
Sgt.1st Class Silva’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal with 4 knots, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Non-Article 5 Medal (ISAF), Career Counselor Badge, National Guard Recruiting and Retention Badge (Senior), Driver Badge (Wheeled), Parachutist Badge, Overseas Service Bar, and Shoulder Sleeve Insignia— Former Wartime Service.
He has completed Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Counter-Insurgency Course, Modern Army Combatives Course (Level 1 and Level 2), Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course (Phase 1), Army Reserve Career Counselor Course, Accessions Career Counselor Course, National Guard Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned. Officers Course, Unit Pay Administrators Course, SIDPERS Workcenter Supervisor Course, and Airborne School.
A native of Merced, CA, Sgt.1st Class Silva is married and has one son. He is currently enrolled with Central Michigan University where he has completed nine units towards his Master’s Degree in Human Resources.