Cole, Richard, Maj

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
7916-Information Staff Officer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Media Services
Primary Unit
1990-1992, 7916, Secretary of The Air Force
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
90230-Apprentice Medical Service Specialist
90230-Medical Service Specialist
90250A-Medical Service Specialist
79150A-Information Specialist
0007-Navigator Trainee (UNT)
1571-Electronic Warfare Officer
1571C-Electronic Warfare Officer
1575C-Electronic Warfare Officer
7921-Information Officer
7924-Information Officer
7911-Information Staff Officer
Service Years
1970 - 1992
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Headquarters Air Force Professional Military Education Air Force Retired

Strategic Air Command

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal B-52 2000 Flight Hours US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I retired from civil service as a GS-15 in August 2012. I worked from December 2012 to May 2013 for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications associate, working on a federal contract supporting TRICARE and the Defense Health Agency. I decided to take my final retirement in May 2013. Since that time, I have been playing drums in a classic rock band, riding and restoring motorcycles, taking photos, collecting and building scale model aircraft, shooting my guns, and enjoying life!
Other Comments:
Not Specified
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

Places I Served During My Career

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria
Map Legend:
 Both PCS/TDY 

CanadaDenmarkEgyptGreenlandGermanyGuamGreeceHungaryIcelandItalyJapanKorea, SouthMidway IslandsNetherlandsPortugalPhilippinesRussiaSpainThailandTurkeyTaiwanUnited KingdomUkraineUnited StatesVietnamWake Island

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 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Observer (basic)
Public Affairs (Master)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1970, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3703/10666
 Unit Assignments
3703rd Basic Military Training SquadronSheppard Technical Training Center (STTC) - Sheppard AFBUSAF Hospital/Medical Center - Little Rock62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron
61st Tactical Airlift Squadron308th Strategic Missile WingSchool Assignments374th Tactical Airlift Wing
452d Flying Training SquadronSchool Assignments453rd Flying Training Squadron4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron
596th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy596th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy2nd Bombardment Wing, HeavyAir Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
US Air ForceAir Force News Agency, Office of Public Affairs and Information (SAF/PAI)Secretary of The Air Force
  1970-1970, 99000, 3703rd Basic Military Training Squadron
  1970-1970, 90230, Sheppard Technical Training Center (STTC) - Sheppard AFB
  1971-1971, 90230, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Little Rock
  1971-1972, 90230, 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1972-1972, 90250A, 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1972-1974, 79150A, 308th Strategic Missile Wing
  1973-1973, 79150A, 2nd AF NCO Leadership School, Non-Commisioned Officer Leadership School (NCOLS)
  1974-1975, 79150A, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1977-1978, 0007, 452d Flying Training Squadron
  1978-1978, 1571C, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape (SERE)
  1978-1979, 1571, 453rd Flying Training Squadron
  1979-1979, 1571C, 4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1979-1980, 1571C, 596th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1981-1981, 1571C, 4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1981-1982, 1575C, 596th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1982-1984, 7921, 2nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1984-1985, 7924, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  1985-1987, 7924, Air Force Service Information and News Center
  1987-1990, 7911, Air Force Broadcasting Service, Air Force News Agency
  1990-1992, 7916, Secretary of The Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Constant Guard IV 24
  1975-1975 NEO - Operation Frequent Wind (Vietnam)5
  1975-1975 Operation Baby Lift (Vietnam)2
  1975-1975 NEO - Operation Eagle Pull (Cambodia)
  1975-1975 Mayaguez Incident (Cambodia)
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - Bright Star '83
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Did you encounter a situation during your military service when you believed there was a possibility you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Los Angeles City CollegeTroy State UniversitySyracuse University
  1974-1975, Los Angeles City College
  1976-1977, Troy State University8
  1984-1985, Syracuse University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile  T-37 Tweety  T-43 Trainer  
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1970-1972, C-130 Hercules15
  1972-1974, LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile1
  1974-1975, C-130 Hercules
  1978-1978, T-37 Tweety2
  1978-1979, T-43 Trainer16
  1979-1982, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)31
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 26, 2015, General Photos19
 Military Association Memberships
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Air Force Association (AFA)Association of Old CrowsMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)
8th Air Force Historical SocietyAircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationExperimental Aircraft Associarion (EAA) Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni AssociationB-52 Stratofortress AssociationPedro Rescue Helicopter AssociationAir Force Navigators and Observers Association
Post 177American Legion RidersNational Rifle Association (NRA)Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Air Force Memorial (AFM)Air Force Together We ServedAirlift/Tanker AssociationStrategic Air Command Veterans Association

  1976, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  1977, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1978, Association of Old Crows [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1978, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page
  1980, 8th Air Force Historical Society - Assoc. Page
  1981, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  1982, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  1982, Experimental Aircraft Associarion (EAA)
  1992, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1994, Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association
  1994, B-52 Stratofortress Association
  1994, Pedro Rescue Helicopter Association - Assoc. Page
  1994, Air Force Navigators and Observers Association
  2010, American Legion, Post 177 (Vice President) (Fairfax, Virginia) - Chap. Page
  2010, American Legion Riders - Assoc. Page
  2010, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2011, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association4 - Assoc. Page
  2013, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2015, Airlift/Tanker Association
  2015, Strategic Air Command Veterans Association
  2015, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Camp 726, R. E. LEE (Member) (Alexandria, Virginia)3 - Chap. Page
  2015, Airlift/Tanker Association
  2016, Civil Air Patrol Alumni Association
  2016, Tan Son Nhut Association
  2016, American Cold War Veterans
  2016, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) - Assoc. Page
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