Rear Adm. Richard commands Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Ga., and is responsible for the readiness, training, logistical, administrative and personnel support of all U.S. ballistic missile (SSBN) and guided missile (SSGN) submarines in the Atlantic fleet.
A native of Decatur, Ala., Richard graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 1982, and has earned master’s degrees with honors from the Catholic University of America, and the Naval War College.
His first flag assignment was as the deputy commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at U. S. Strategic Command. In this role, he was responsible for kinetic (nuclear and conventional) and non-kinetic effects planning and managed global force activities to assure allies and to deter and dissuade actions detrimental to the United States and its global interests.
His operational assignments include command of USS Parche (SSN 683) as well as Submarine NR-1, then the U.S. Navy’s only nuclear-powered, deep-submergence submarine. He also served in USS Portsmouth (SSN 707), USS Asheville (SSN 758), and USS Scranton (SSN 756).
Richard’s recent staff assignments include service as the executive assistant and naval aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy; chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic; and command of Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash. Other staff assignments include director of Resources on the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy); squadron engineer on the staff of Submarine Squadron 8, and duty on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare) staff (OP 213). He has also served as a member of Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, studying the integration of Unmanned Systems into naval force structure.
He has been privileged to serve on commands that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Battle Efficiency "E" awards.