Raymond Mason II, Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant Mason enlisted in the Army in July 1996 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a 13E Cannon Fire Direction Specialist.
MSG Mason has held a variety of positions in a Fire Direction Center from driver to Radio Telephone Operator while assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas; he served as a computer operation and FDC section Chief while stationed at Camp Hovey, South Korea. MSG Mason served as the Automated Fire Control Sergeant while assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. While assigned to Ft. Benning, he deployed twice in support of OIF I and OIF III. MSG Mason served as an instructor/writer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma before he was assigned as a Recruiter in Norman, Oklahoma. He served as the Battalion Fire Control Sergeant whiled assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia where he deployed to Afghanistan. Upon completion of his combat tour he was reassigned to serve as an Observer Coach Trainer at Fort Dix, New Jersey. MSG Mason served as Senior Instructor at the 13J AIT and the 1SG for FA BOLC at Fort Sill, Oklahoma before he assumed his current position as the Senior Military Science Instructor for Minnesota State ROTC.
MSG Mason's military education includes all levels of NCOES commensurate with his grade, the Battle Staff Non-commissioned Officer Course, Recruiter School, Army Basic Instructor Course, Anti-terrorism Level II Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, and Observer Controller Academy. He also holds an Associate Degree from Grantham University.
MSG Mason's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (11 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (6 Loops), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 bronze service star), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 bronze service star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/numeral 3), Overseas Ribbon (with numeral 4), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge w/3 sapphires, Driver's Badge (wheel and track), Presidential Unit Citation Award, and Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 oak leaf cluster). MSG Mason is also a recipient of The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
MSG Mason currently resides in Eagle Lake, MN with his wife Michelle, and two daughters, Alyssa (15) and Adrianna (13).