Navy Counselor Senior Chief Rolando R. Rios is a native of Rockport, Texas. He graduated from Rockport-Fulton High School in June 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (BSOE) degree with emphasis in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University class of 2001. In 2011, he earned his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University.
He enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program on December 28, 1989 and was shipped to boot camp shortly after graduating high school. Upon graduating boot camp on August 10, 1990 in Great Lakes, Illinois, he began training in his chosen rate as an Operation Specialist. On December 19, 1990, OSSN Rios completed Operation Specialist “A” school in Dam Neck, Virginia.
His initial fleet assignment began onboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59/AVT-59) on January 15, 1991. He made a deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In September 1993, USS Forrestal was decommissioned. OS3 Rios was then transferred to the USS Peterson (DD-969) until his release from active duty on July 24, 1994.
On July 25, 1994, he transferred into the Selected Reserve in a drilling status with TACRON 2286 Little Creek, Va. On May 10, 1995 he then transferred to Mine Inshore Underwater Warfare Unit 108 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
On December 28, 1995, OS2 Rios was recalled to active duty and began his career as an Enlisted Recruiter in San Antonio, Texas with Naval Reserve Recruiting Detachment Three, Ft. Worth, Texas. During this tour he attended Recruiter Training Orientation (RTO) and graduated on February 2, 1996. He was Detachment Three’s Recruiter of the Year, Minority Recruiter of the Year, and was meritoriously advanced to Operation Specialist First Class. On January 8, 1999, OS1 Rios was selected for conversion to Navy Counselor First Class.
On March 10, 2000, he reported to Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Northeast, Washington D.C. and was selected to assume the duties of Recruiter in Charge at Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center Portland, Maine where he also managed the recruiting station onboard Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine. He was selected in June 2001 for advancement to Chief Petty Officer.
On June 27, 2002, NCC Rios accepted a challenging Zone Supervisor position in Phoenix, Arizona for Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Area West, Aurora, Colorado. His Zone was recognized as Area West Zone of the Year FY02, FY03, and FY04 and he, personally, was awarded Zone Supervisor of the Year for FY03 and FY04.
On January 25, 2005, he reported for his next assignment as Zone Supervisor in Webster, Texas for Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Area South, Dallas, Texas. Shortly after his arrival, Commander Naval Reserve Recruiting Command and Commander Navy Recruiting Command merge forces and he was then transferred to NRD Houston. On April 1, 2006, his territory was then realigned and was transferred to NRD San Antonio, Texas. He was NRD San Antonio FY07 Zone Supervisor of the Year and FY08 Zone of the Year.
February 20, 2009, Chief Rios reported to Commander Navy Recruiting Command National Training and Quality Assurance Team (N7). Shortly, after he was advanced to Navy Counselor Senior Chief effective 1 July 2009.
December 31, 2011, Senior Chief Rios retired from Naval Service.
NCCS Rios’ decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (fifth award), Navy Battle “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (sixth awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Recruiting Service Ribbon (fifth award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal and a Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait). NCCS Rios has also earned 50 Letter of Commendation Gold Wreath Awards for Recruiting Excellence.