HerStory - "Women of Distinction" 

NABMW New York City Chapter Highlight

The New York City Chapter of NABMW is proud to feature. a quarterly HerStory. Selected for her leadership, community service and for striving, thriving and impacting those around her; her story in both a historical and present day perspective is inspiring for all who are in her presence and know her.  She is a leader...and this is HerStory:


CSM LaTosha J. Ravenell

Command Sergeant Major, New York City Recruiting Battalion, Fort Hamilton, N.Y.

New York City Recruiting Battalion Supervision

U.S. Army


Command Sergeant Major LaTosha Ravenell was selected as one of our first NABMW, New York City Chapter - "Woman of Honor and Distinction" when she was presented with our "Statue of Liberty" Woman of Honor and Distinction Award and recognition; during National Women's History Month in March 2019.  It made perfect sense that she should be selected as the first entry in our NABMW, New York City Chapter, HerStory - "Women of Honor and Distinction" highlight.


CSM Latosha J. Ravenell is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She enlisted in the United States Army in February, 1994. After graduating from Basic Combat Training in Fort Jackson, SC, she attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee as a 92A; Automated Logistical Specialist.​

CSM Ravenell is a recognized leadership expert, motivational speaker, and change agent. She currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major of the NYC Recruiting Battalion and is Senior Enlisted Advisor  on all enlisted personnel, logistics, and leader development for over 350 Soldiers, officers and DOD Civilians. Her leadership expertise spans all levels of organizational development to include: human resource development, logistics analysis, talent management strategies, and problem-solving strategies.​

CSM Ravenell’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Gold Recruiting Badge with three Sapphires, the Recruiter Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Medallion.​

Her civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University.​

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