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Lieutenant Colonel Gene Richter

Deputy Director, Geosciences Program

Department of Economics and Geosciences

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Contact Information

(719) 333-8317



Lieutenant Colonel Gene Richter currently serves as Deputy Director of the Geosciences Program and Instructor within the Department of Economics and Geosciences, Dean of Faculty, United States Air Force Academy. Lt Col Richter came to the Air Force Academy in June 2018 from a Joint assignment at the United States European Command Directorate of Strategy and Policy. As a career Intelligence Officer and Foreign Area Officer, he has served with distinction in numerous operational and staff assignments throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States


M.A. International Economics and Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University

B.A. International Affairs (Latin American Studies Minor), Boston College

Professional Experience

Regional Affairs Strategist, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany

Geospatial Intelligence Plans Officer, Air Force Geospatial-Intelligence Office (AFGO), Washington, DC

Senior Intelligence Officer (SIO), 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Airbase, Italy

Chief of International Intelligence Engagements, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Airbase, Germany

Chief of Analysis, Intelligence Branch, 16th Air Force, Aviano Airbase, Italy

Systems Integration Officer, 363rd Intelligence Squadron, Osan Airbase, Republic of Korea

Combat Intelligence Officer, 9th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, CA

Honors & Awards

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (1 Device)

Air Force Commendation Medal (2 Devices)

Army Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Member of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society

Research and Scholarly Interests

Research and Scholarly Interest: Conflict and climate-driven migration in the 21st Century