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About the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade

CSM CRUZCommand Sergeant Major Nilsa Maria Cruz

Command Sergeant Major Nilsa Maria Cruz is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She enlisted in U.S. Army Reserve in 1988 and joined the 65th Army Reserve Command in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She completed Basic Combat Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1988. She served in the Active Guard Reserve from 1990 to 1998. In 1998, Command Sergeant Major Cruz enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard. Her military career spans over 27 years of service.  

Command Sergeant Major Cruz assignments in the Army Reserve and Active Guard Reserve include Clerk Typist HQ Company, 65th Army Reserve Command, Fort Buchanan, PR; Administrative Specialist HHC, 65TH Army Reserve Command, Fort Buchanan, PR; Executive Administrative Assistant 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Riverdale, MD. Her National Guard assignments include Translator, B Company 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, Laurel, MD; Voice Interceptor HHC, 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, Laurel, MD; ANCOC Instructor 2nd BN 70TH Regiment (LDR), Camp Fretterd, MD; Administrative Instructor, 581st Troop Command (SRB), Camp Fretterd, MD; BNCOC Senior Small Group Leader 2ND Battalion 70th Regiment (General Studies), Camp Fretterd, MD; First Sergeant HHC, 729TH Brigade Support Battalion, Hagerstown, MD; Operation Sergeant 110th Information Operations Battalion, Laurel, MD, Command Sergeant Major 70th Regiment (LDR), Camp Fretterd, MD, Command Sergeant Major 1100th Theater Aviation Maintenance Group TF-16, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Command Sergeant Major 1100th Theater Aviation Maintenance Group, Edgewood, MD and Command Sergeant Major, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade.   

Command Sergeant Major Cruz’ military and civilian education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Leader Course, First Sergeant Course, and Sergeants Major Course, Class 37. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from University of Phoenix.  

As a Citizen-Soldier, Command Sergeant Major Cruz is a Senior Systems Administrator working for the National Security Agency as DOD Contractor.  

Command Sergeant Major Cruz currently resides in Hanover, Pennsylvania with her husband Luis E. Campos and two sons Jonathan and Christopher.

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