CSM Costa began his military service with his enlistment in 1969 and deployed to Vietnam in 1970 as a cavalry scout with the 1st Calvary Division. He is the last active duty service member from the Massachusetts National Guard who is a Vietnam Veteran.
service as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard he has served in
a number of positions, notably, CSM, 51st Troop Command; Operations
Sergeant Major, 51st Troop Command; Operations Sergeant Major, 211th
Military Police Battalion (including service as the acting CSM, Task
Force Enforcer, Fallujah, Iraq); CSM, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation
Regiment; and First Sergeant, 1058th Transportation Company. In addition
to his service in Vietnam, CSM Costa also deployed in support of
Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with V Device, as well as one silver and three bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and the Combat Action Badge.
the State Command Sergeant Major, CSM Costa served as The Adjutant
General’s personal advisor for all enlisted-related issues, particularly
those affecting training and quality of life. He traveled throughout
the Commonwealth observing training and talking to Soldiers, Airmen and