Richard is a United States Marine Corps veteran having completed three combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that time Rick, participated in combat operations to expel insurgent forces from Fallujah, Ramadi, Ar Rutbah, and Mosul. During Operation Koa Canyon in Hit, Iraq, Rick’s unit was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation. In the latter part of his military career, Rick lead an intelligence cell and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for operations that resulted in the capture of several key insurgent and Al Qaeda leaders operating in Al Anbar province including Multinational Forces West’s 2nd most wanted insurgent leader.  Currently, Rick is the Intelligent Automation and Artificial Intelligence Lead at a leading management consulting firm.  In his free time, Rick enjoys touring local wineries and breweries, competitive axe throwing, hanging out with his dog, Freya, and playing video games online with his Marine Corps buddies.