Major General Richard V. Secord USAF retired from active duty in 1983. At that time he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East, Africa and South Asia. In this role for 3 years he directed Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger’s international security affairs policy/planning staff for that region. In prior assignments Gen Secord was Director of USAF International Programs for 3 years and he commanded the Military
Assistance Advisory Group in Iran for 3 years. Prior to 1975 Secord commanded at Wing and Squadron level in the AF He had numerous tours of combat duty in Southeast Asia with the famed Air Commandos and also spent nearly 3 years in Laos while on loan as the CIA’s chief air officer. Secord also served as a Captain on a US Army Special Forces team in Iran fighting the Kurds in 1963/64/65. Gen Secord has logged 285 combat missions.
General Secord is a graduate of the USMA, West Point, University of Oklahoma (English Lit) and George Washington University (MS International Affairs). He is also a graduate of the USAF Command and Staff College and the US Naval War College.
Gen Secord is an AF Command pilot with over 10,000 hours total military and civil time logged as pilot in command. Secord has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/1 OLC, The USAF Distinguished Service Medal, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Legion of Merit, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Air Medal w/3 OLC, The Republic of Thailand Most Exhalted Order of the White Elephant, and the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal, among others.