Randolph M. Wright
First Lieutenant Randolph M. Wright was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 34-69, 16 October 1969. His first duty assignment was as a Tactical Training Officer OCS class 13-70, Fort Benning, Georgia. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Rifle Platoon Leader, 3/21 Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, Republic of Vietnam. | His military education consists of the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Jungle Operations Training at Fort Sherman, Panama Canal Zone. | His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnamese Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/ star and National Defense Service Medal. | After leaving active duty in August of 1971 First Lieutenant Wright became a Reserve Commissioned Officer with the rank of First Lieutenant and was ultimately discharged 30 November 1974. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the Michigan Court of Claims in 1985 by Michigan Governor James Blanchard to Adjudicate Michigan Vietnam Veterans Bonus Act claims. | Wright has been active in the veteran’s service movement for over 35 years. He is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Infantry Association, and a member of the Officer Candidate School Alumni Association. He was President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #9 in inner-city Detroit from 1984-1985, and served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors. He also served on the Vietnam Veterans of America National Board of Directors from 1986-1987. | First Lieutenant Wright has served on the National Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground, a Washington D.C. and Brussels, Belgium based NGO since 1987, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1991-1994. Search for Common Ground operates 34 offices in 23 countries committed to resolution of disputes without the use of armed conflict. Over the years he has worked on such programs as the Soviet – American Task Force on Terrorism, and Canadian Senator/ General(R) Rome’o Dalliare’s initiative to end the use of child soldiers in armed conflict.