|CAPT Richard LeBron
Captain Rich LeBron weighed anchor and enlisted in
the Navy in 1989. Following Boot Camp and
Quartermaster school he reported to USS James K.
Polk (SSBN 645) for his first sea tour.
As a submarine Quartermaster Rich managed to keep
the ship off the shoals and was accepted into the
Navy's Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection
and Training (BOOST) Program. He is a 1996
graduate of the University of San Diego where he
earned his commission and charted a course to
Rich attended Surface Warfare Officer School and
reported to USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) where he
qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and deployed to
the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf.
Skipping his shore tour, Rich left The Sullivans to
attend Department Head School and serve as Chief
Engineer on USS Milius (DDG 69). While on Milius,
Rich deployed to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. He was later assigned to Afloat
Training Group, Pacific as an engineering plant inspector. His inspector tour was cut short and he
transferred to the University of Florida.
After earning an MBA at UF, the Pentagon summoned and Rich served as a Special Assistant and
Speechwriter to the Chief of Naval Operations and later to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. Reaching escape velocity, Rich departed the Pentagon to attend the Joint and Combined
Warfighting School followed by assignment to U.S. Southern Command as aide to the
Commander. He then transferred to Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe to serve as
Special Assistant to the Commander.
Returning to sea duty, Rich relieved as Executive Officer and later as Commanding Officer of USS
Benfold (DDG 65) where he deployed to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. He also cofounded
the Athena Project lauded by the Secretary of the Navy as exemplary and reflective of the
way the Navy must strive to capture the intellectual surplus resident within our workforce.
Post command, Rich headed to Rome, Italy as a member of the NATO Defense College. He later
reported to U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters as Director of the Commander's Strategic Initiatives
Group and as both founder and Director of 'The Bridge' innovation initiative. He enthusiastically
departed PACFLT for duty as the Revolutionary Gator's Executive Officer.
Rich is a Joint Specialty and PolMil Officer, speaks Spanish fluently, and is entitled to wear the
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy
Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal along with
various other personal, unit, and service awards.