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Armando Ramirez served 30 years active commissioned service as a U.S. Army Special Forces, Intelligence and Foreign Area Officer prior to retiring as a Colonel in October 2021. 

Before retirement, Armando’s military assignments included: Chief of Staff and Director of Security Cooperation (Operations), Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Central Command; Director of Security Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan; Senior Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State; Army Attaché, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan; Political-Military Affairs Officer, The Joint Staff, Pentagon; and Director of Army Programs, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan; Armando previously served as an exchange officer with the Colombian National Counterterrorism Unit in Bogota, Colombia and commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment at Fort Bragg, NC. 

Armando earned his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Western Michigan University ROTC and holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security from Naval Postgraduate School.  His military education includes the Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces Qualification Courses, the Portuguese Army Command and General Staff College and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

As a young man, Armando benefitted from exceptional mentors and role models who instilled the values of integrity, selfless service and a deep sense of responsibility along with moral and ethical behavior that shaped him into a leader of character.  Armando seeks to continue serving former military personnel and making a difference in the lives of others through active mentorship and volunteering with community and Veteran’s organizations.