Born and raised in Tennessee. Joined the Army at 18 as a Combat Engineer. In 2006 was stationed at Ft. Carson, CO in 62nd Sapper Company. Deployed to Iraq in early 2009, left Iraq after 3 months and went to Afghanistan. Spent the remaining 9 months in Afghanistan. Returned to Colorado in 2010. Reclassed to an Information Technology Specialist in late 2010. After completing the reclass process at Ft. Gordon, GA, was stationed in Kuwait for 24 months While in Kuwait began competing in best warrior competitions. In 2011, was named as the Third Army, Army Central Command, NCO of the Year. Next, I was stationed at FT. Hood, TX, where I finished enlistment contract in 2014 and left the service. After leaving the Army, worked for Dow Chemical in Freeport, TX as a Chemical Process Operator. Decided to move back to central Texas in 2019 and started working for the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Boiler Plant Operator. Currently lives in Copperas Cove with wife and three kids.
Is a retired Army Soldier of 34 years service, both active and reserve. He grew up in Omaha, NE. He has been married for 36 years and has two adult children. He has served on active duty in the USA, Japan, Korea and Deployed for a total of 24 months to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. He was awarded the Bronze Star and three Meritorious Service Medals. He is a qualified Airborne Ranger and a Life Member of the NRA since 1971.
Is a native of San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Highlands High School in 1994.1SG Urrutia enlisted in the Army shortly after graduation, and attended Basic Combat Training in Fort Leonard Wood MO. Upon completion he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox KY. as a 45T Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems Mechanic. Urrutia has served in numerous assignments throughout his career to include Baumholder Germany, Fort Hood TX, Camp Casey, Korea; Fort Knox, KY, Fort Carson, CO and finally retiring in 2017 from Fort Hood Texas as the S4 SGM for 36th ENG BDE 1SG Urrutia has completed tours to Kuwait (Operation Intrinsic Action 1995), Bosnia (Operation Joint Endeavour 95-96 Operation Joint Guard 96-97 and 97-98); Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004 and 2008-2009; Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2010-2011, and Kuwait in support of OEF (Spartan Shield 2013). 1SG Urrutia’s Awards and Decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Accommodation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Defense Service Medal (1 Campaign Star), Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development ribbon (numeral 3), Army Service Medal, NATO Medal (numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5). In addition, he has been awarded the Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge (Wheel and Track), Mechanics Badge, The Order of Saint Maurice-Legionnaire, and the Order of Samuel Sharpe. Since retiring in 2017 1sg Urrutia has enjoyed life after retirement spending time with family, attending sporting, fishing, and hunting. He currently has a son who is actively serving in the United States Marine Corps and he is currently employed with Vitesco Technologies / Continental Automotive Systems in Seguin Texas.