Richard D. Heyward

Richard D. Heyward

Richard D. Heyward

Colonel Richard D. Heyward was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate Class 501-89, 29 September 1989. His first duty assignment was a Platoon Leader, 1-14th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Anti-tank Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer in 1-14th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Battalion Assistant S3 and Charlie Company Commander, 1-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82th Airborne Division and Brigade S-4, 3rd Brigade, 82th Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Panama. Platoon and Battalion Tactical Operations Center Observer Controller, Operation Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Delta Troop Commander, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion (OPFOR) and Operations Team Chief, Plans EMC, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Battalion S3 and Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light) and Brigade S3, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks Hawaii and Iraq. Operations Officer and Task Force Ramadi Chief of Operations, Core Element Bravo, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia and Iraq. Squadron Commander, 2nd Squadron, 1st Calvary, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington and Iraq. Special Assistant to the Director Army Staff, Executive Communications and Control; Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff Army, Chief Planning Group; 18th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Transition Team; Special Assistant to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman’s Action Group, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, United States Army Japan and I Corps Forward; and Deputy Commander, United States Army Japan, Camp Zama, Japan; Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, Center for Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia. | His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger Course, Infantry Officer Advance Course, Jumpmaster Course, Combined Arms & Services Staff School, Command General Staff College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School and the Army War College. | His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (3), Valorous Unit Award (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Air Assault, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist, Ranger, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

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    Fort Benning, Georgia

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    Legion of Merit

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