Lieutenant Colonel Richard Allen Pack
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Allen Pack was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 2-62 at Fort Benning, Georgia, on 14 August 1962. His first assignment was as an infantry rifle platoon leader in Echo Company, 2nd Battle Group, 211th Infantry, Florida National Guard. After serving as a rifle platoon leader, he was assigned as a Tactical Officer and Executive Officer for the Florida National Guard OCS Program. Upon graduation from the University of South Florida, he requested to transfer to Active Duty and was approved on 1 February 1966.
His subsequent duty assignments include: Commander, Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 29thy Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam; Commander, Charlie Company, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam; Commander, 129th Aviation Company, 12th Aviation Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Commander, United Nations Command Support Group – Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea; Chief of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Division G-5, 2d Armor Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
His military education and training consist of: Infantry OCS, Rotary Wing Aviation Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, US Army Command, and General Staff College.
His military awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (w/OLC), Purple Heart, Air Medal (w/2 Silver OLC), Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, LTC Pack was the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets at both St. Johns Military School and Kemper Military School and College. He worked 18-plus years as a Defense Contractor for USSOCOM and Blackwater Aviation providing classified mission aircraft for Special Operations Forces during Desert Storm and missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, he spent three years working on aircraft to support NASA missions. He devoted 20 years of service to both the Florida Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division and the National Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division as President, Treasurer, and Governor.