Colonel (Retired) Richard “Rick” H. White, a Georgia native, enlisted in the US Army as an Airborne Infantryman in 1966. He received his commission through Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1967 at the age of 19. He deployed twice to Vietnam for a total of 24 months serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader in the 4th Infantry Division and as an Airborne Infantry Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Combat Infantry Badge. During 31 years of active duty, he commanded 13 units (2 Brigades, 2 Battalions, 6 Companies, 3 Platoons) in Infantry, Special Forces, Aviation, and Recruiting. In 1997 he retired from active duty and was later inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel White is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.