Raymond M Baroni was born in Santiago, Chile. Ray hails from New Jersey and is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in mechanical engineering. As a captain in the U.S. Air Force, he served as the security assistance officer at U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ray joined the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), in September 2002, and served his first assignment as a special agent in the DS Counterintelligence Division, where he focused on Latin American issues.
In 2004, Ray volunteered for a one-year tour as one of the first assistant regional security officers (ARSO) at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq, where he received a Superior Honor Award. Between 2005 and 2007, Ray served as an ARSO at U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia, where he was detailed to a U.S. Army Special Forces team to assist in the recovery of three American hostages. In 2007, Ray joined the DS Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD), where he rose from team member to assistant team leader and augmented security at numerous diplomatic facilities including the U.S. consulates in northern Mexico, U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen, and U.S. consulate Peshawar, Pakistan. In 2010, Ray assumed his present duties as an ARSO at US consulate general Jerusalem where he directs operations for the West Bank Protective Security (PRS) program and manages 47 American security contractors as well as 36 local national bodyguards.
In addition, Ray is a member of the Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA) and the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA).