Command Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Riti was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. He joined the Army on February 23, 1978 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His duty assignments include: Squad leader 12th Bn/1st BDE/8th Infantry Division, Germany; Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Dix, New Jersey; Drill Sergeant 1st BN/10th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; The Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Senior Drill Sergeant C/1/310 Lodi, New Jersey; Instructor of the 78th Div. Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Dix, New Jersey; 1st Sgt., A/3/310 Lodi, New Jersey; 1st Sgt., C/1/385, CSM 1/385 Lodi, New Jersey; Command Sgt. Maj. 3rd BCT BDE, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Command Sgt. Maj., 2/417 Inf., Waterbury, Connecticut; Command Sgt. Maj., 1st BDE (IET)/98th Div; Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Iraq, Command Sgt. Maj. 1st BDE (MI)/100th Div, Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd BDE (CA/PO) 100th Div., 411th CA Danbury, Connecticut.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), The Army Commendation Medal (5th award), The Army Achievement Medal (7th award), The Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th award), The National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), The Joint Meritorious Unit Award, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with 1 star, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M device (3rd award) and Gold Hour Glass, The Good Conduct Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, The Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), The Armed Forces Reserve Medal, The NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), The Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, The Combat Infantryman Badge, The Order of the Spur (3rd ACR) and The Order of the Combat Spur (11th ACR).

His military education includes the Primary Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, The pre-Command Course and The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
He is a Captain with the Westchester County, New York, Department of Corrections and has been employed there since September 1985. He is currently the commander of the Department's Training Unit and specializes in Firearms, Chemical Agents and Legal Issues.

He has two children, Nicole who is a recreational therapist and Bobby, who plans on joining the Army and attending Ranger school after graduating high school.