First Sergeant Robert A. Ferrara joined the United States Army in 1989 as an Infantryman and upon completion of training, he was stationed with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. He has served in the Light Infantry, Airborne Infantry and Cavalry units, in which he earned numerous awards and decorations. He has served in every Infantry leadership position from Rifle Team Leader to Command Sergeants Major.
In 2007, First Sergeant Ferrara was on a dismounted patrol in Iraq when he suffered injuries to his shoulder and head. Prior to the injuries, he was an avid ice hockey player for 35 years. He started cycling in 2011 as a form of recovery and recently entered the world of competitive cycling in race events throughout the State of Texas.
First Sergeant Ferrara and his wife of 16 years, Melissa, have two boys, Robert and Evan. He retired from the Army in November 2012 after 23 years of service and is currently the Program Manager of Ride 2 Recovery Project HERO at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.