Command Sergeant Major Valdivia entered the Army in November 1990 as a Transporter. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Dix, NJ.
His military education includes Army Modern Combatives Levels I and II, Equal Opportunity Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant Course, TC-AIMS II Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Unit Movement Course, Military Commercial Drivers license Course, Hazmat 11 Course, Managers Development Course, Action officer development course, defense basic preserverance packaging course, FBCB2 Operators Course, radiological defense officer course, disaster recovery course, Cold Weather Leaders Course, Demonstrated Senior Logistician, Warriors Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and the Pre Command Course.
His Civilian education includes an Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, a Bachelors degree in Science from University of Management and Technology and a Masters degree in Management (MSM) from the University of Management and Technology.
Command Sergeant Major Valdivia’s assignments include 1/29 IN, (driver) Fort Benning, Georgia; 78th Trans Company, Russelsheim, Germany; (driver) 40th Trans Company, Fort Lewis, WA; (Training NCO/AMMO NCO) HHC 1/36 IN, Friedberg, Germany (Squad Leader) 44th CSB, Fort Lewis, WA; Platoon Sergeant/Truck master) B Company 2-47 IN, Fort Benning, GA; (Drill Sergeant) 539th Trans Company, Fort Wainwright, AK (Truck master, Senior Truck master and First Sergeant) United States Army Garrison Fort Wainwright, AK. (Installation Operations Sergeant Major) 13th ESC Fort Hood, TX. (Support Operations Sergeant Major and G-3 Sergeant Major) Torri Station Okinawa, Japan (Support Operations Sergeant Major) and 49th Transportation Battalion Fort Hood TX (Command Sergeant Major)
Command Sergeant Major Valdivia’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1st OLC) Meritorious Service Medal (6th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6th OLC), Good Conduct Medal (9th), Global War On Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 stars), Kosovo Medal, NATO Medal (Kosovo), NATO medal (Afghanistan), Overseas Service Medal (8), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal (1 star), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 5), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Drivers Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Honorary member of the Order of Saint Christopher (Transportation) and the Order of Saint Maurice (Infantry).
Command Sergeant Major Valdivia has been married to the beautiful wife Rosa Valdivia of Tacoma, Washington for 24 years and they have a son, Louie, and three daughters, Christa, Desiree, and Brittany.