Sergeant Major Anthony Riggio was born in Liberia, West Africa and enlisted in the Marine Corps from Englewood, NJ in March 1990. After completion of Basic Training in Parris Island, SC and School of Infantry in Camp Geiger, NC, he was assigned as an Infantry Rifleman to Golf Company 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. In the fall of 1990, he deployed with 2nd Marine Regiment and participated in both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
During the fall of 1991, SgtMaj Riggio was hand selected following a Division Board to serve as a member of the 2nd Marine Division Color Guard. He was transferred to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, were he executed his duties in over 600 military/civilian ceremonies and parades worldwide. In addition to his ceremonial duties, he was assigned as the Training NCO for Headquarters Company and the Division Band until Honorably Discharged from Active Duty the summer of 1994.
1994 to 2010, SgtMaj Riggio attended the Marine Corps Engineering School in Courthouse Bay NC and became a Marine Corps Electrician. Majority of this timeframe, he served with Engineer Support Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) Baltimore MD, in various billets: Squad leader, Platoon Sergeant, Utility Chief, SNCOIC and Company Gunnery Sergeant. He eventually transferred to the Marine Corps Mobilization Command, were he volunteered for various ADOS duties and also became a Brown Belt Instructor, augmenting to various Reserve units assisting with their Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
2010 to 2015, SgtMaj Riggio severed on ADOS orders with several Commands. He was augmented to support the inaugural Wounded Worrier Games at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs CO with the Wounded Warrior Regiment. After that assignment, he was augmented to HQMC, C4 Cybersecurity Division at the Pentagon. SgtMaj Riggio’s tenure at HQMC, C4 earned him the title of a consensus builder and a go-getter. He was instrumental in linking Cybersecurity division to the Inspector General of the Marine Corps (IGMC), Inspection Division and making Cybersecurity a core Inspection area within our Corps. He rewrote the Inspection Cybersecurity Checklist and augmented with the IGMC Inspection Division, conducting over 100 unbiased command inspections throughout the Marine Corps Total Force (CONUS and OCONUS).
2015 to Present, SgtMaj Riggio served as a First Sergeant with three Companies; Headquarters and Service Company, 4th CEB, Baltimore, MD, where his Company won the best Food Service in the Reserve Award 2 of the 3 years during his tenure. Furthermore, he served with General Support Company 6th Communication Battalion Force Headquarters Group, Brooklyn, NY, and Headquarters Company where he remained until his current assignment as Sergeant Major, 6thEngineer Support Battalion, Portland, OR. SgtMaj Riggio also served as an Augment Inspector for MARFORRES G-7 Force Readiness Assistance and Assessment Program (FRAAP).
SgtMaj Riggio has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Marketing, and an MBA. His civilian career included working as a wireless Engineer for Thales Communication, working as an Engineer with HD Radio, and Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert for the Marine Corps Installation Command. His personal award includes: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with a gold hourglass and mobilizations.