Sergeant Major Anthony P. Rider enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in April, 1987 and attended recruit training at San Diego, California in October, 1987 where he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. He attended Field Wireman School in Camp Pendleton, California in February 1988 where was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal. Upon completion of Field Wireman School, Lance Corporal Rider assumed duties as a Field Wireman in Communication Platoon at Regimental Headquarters, 24th Marine Regiment, in Kansas City, Missouri.
In November 1990, the unit was activated in support of Operation Desert Shield. While in Saudi Arabia, he served in the 24th Marine Regimental Communications Platoon located in Port Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Upon returning from Desert Storm, he was assigned as a Squad Leader and promoted to Corporal in July of 1992. He served in this assignment until his first enlistment expired in 1993.
In 1996, Corporal Rider re-enlisted in the Reserves & joined Regimental Headquarters Company’s Anti-Tank Platoon, 24th Marines as a TOW2 Crewman. He was promoted to Sergeant in January 1999 and attended the TOW2 Crewman School in 1999. From 2001 to 2003 he assumed the duties of 2nd Section Leader, TOW Platoon. In 2003 he was attached to Bravo Co. 1st Battalion 24th Marines as a Platoon Sergeant for TOW Platoon and deployed in March of 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. In May to July of 2003, Sergeant Rider was chosen for independent convoy security duty w/2nd Military Police Battalion as the Platoon Sergeant for Convoy Security Platoon. From August to September 2003, Sergeant Rider served as the Sergeant of the Guard for largest Ammo Supply Point in the history of the Marine Corps at Camp Fox, Kuwait. After returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Sergeant Rider reassumed his duties as 2nd Section Leader, 24th Marines Regimental TOW Platoon from October 2003 to December 2004. In January 2005, he was attached to Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. He deployed as a Section Leader for TOW Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 8 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. From February to October 2005 he participated in numerous combat operations/missions in Fallujah, Iraq. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in April 2005.
Upon his return, he served as the Platoon Sergeant for Security Platoon at 24th Marines Regimental Headquarters Company until 2007. From January 2007 to April 2011 he served as a Mobilization Processing Chief, MOST Platoon at Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Missouri and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in July of 2008. In May of 2011 he assumed the duties of Company Gunnery Sergeant at 24th Marines Regimental Headquarters Company, Kansas City, Missouri.
First Sergeant Rider was promoted in May 2012 and reported to Head Quarters & Service Company 3rd Battalion 24th Marines, Bridgeton, MO. First Sergeant Rider helped guide his Company through the Force Structure Review Group where they got reassigned as 3rd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment. First Sergeant Rider was promoted to Sergeant Major in May 2016 and assigned to 2nd Battalion 14th Marine Regiment.
Sergeant Major Rider’s personal awards include a Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal four Armed Forces Reserve Medals, three Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medals.
Sergeant Major Rider has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Baker University.
He is currently an Account Manager/GSA Lead for Filtration Services Group overseeing accounts in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.