Dwight Rickard
District 9 Commader - Army

LTC Dwight Rickard has led a distinguished career spanning 30 years of service to this nation.  He enlisted in the Army as a PFC 91S10 in 1988 and received a direct commission to 2LT two years later. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Masters in Medical Entomology from Kansas State University.  He deployed twice to Central/South America.  The first in support of the U.S War on drugs and the second to provide humanitarian assistance to Honduras and Nicaragua after the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch.  As the Senior Preventive Medicine Officer for UN Forces in Bosnia & Herzegovina (SFOR) LTC Rickard, working with the Minister of health, helped to re-establish the public health programs that were destroyed during the war.  In his role as the Director of Contingency Operations, LTC Rickard spearheaded program to develop factory treated permethrin uniforms ensuring all deploying troops were protected.   In his role as the Civil Military Affairs Public Health Officer in Afghanistan, LTC Rickard developed the Pest Management Plan for Afghanistan; also served as the Senior Project Advisor working with the Minister of Health and Agriculture establishing training programs to aide widows and veterans re-establish an income base and consequently their independence.  As the Force Health Protection Officer, MNC-I/MNF-I, Iraq, LTC Rickard served as the strategic public health expert for the Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I) Surgeon.  He served as the lead for Department of Defense working with the US Mission-Iraq Health Attaché staff (State Department) to develop public health strategies for the Government of Iraq (GoI), Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Defense (MoD).  LTC Rickard established and maintained liaison and served as primary military interface on public health issues with US Mission-Iraq, MoD and MoH public health agencies ensuring an integrated public health program at the strategic level.  He also planned, developed and implemented strategic MNF-I preventive medicine programs and policies for all service members in Iraq. In retirement he and his wife, Monika, enjoy playing golf, working their small farm, raising honeybees and spending time with their daughters Jaclyn and Nikole, but mostly watching their grandson grow and learn about the world around him. Dwight is also the President of the Moore county Beekeepers chapter, frequently giving presentations to all ages about the importance of honeybees and other Entomological and PM topics. LTC Rickard has been a VFW life member since 2002.  After retiring in 2018, he has stepped up to positions of Jr. and Sr. Vice of post 7318, a Cootie of pup tent 79 and now Commander of NC District 9. Dwight and Monika have lived a simple philosophy over the years: God, Family, Country; Service before Self
Awards include:
Legion Merit
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal 2nd award
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal 3rd award
Joint Service Achievement Medal 2nd Award
Army Achievement Medal 2nd Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army Superior Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal W/ Bronze Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/2 campaign stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star (2nd Award)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/Arrowhead device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal 2nd Award
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon 3rd Award
NATO Medal
Expert Field Medical Badge
Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge 
Canadian Airborne Wings