Commander, NATOs ISAF U.K. Army Gen. David Richards

Gen. Richards:

Key quote:

" can't fight a counter-insurgency without the support of the people.."
Excellent post.

An excellent briefing he comes across very well, if he could just bury that honest trait he'd make a great politician.

Lieutenant General D J Richards CBE DSO (UK Army)

Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

Born in 1952 and educated at Eastbourne College, David Richards was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1971 prior to attending University College Cardiff to study politics and economics. Graduating in 1974 he spent the next 9 years at regimental duty in the Far East, Germany and the UK and on the staff of 11th Armoured Brigade in Germany. This period included 3 operational tours in Northern Ireland. After attending the Staff College Camberley in 1984, he returned to 11th Armoured Brigade to command a field battery in 47th Field Regiment. From there he spent 2 years in Berlin as the Chief of Staff of the Berlin Infantry Brigade. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he spent the next 3 years as an instructor at the Staff College, before being appointed to command 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. This period included another operational tour in Northern Ireland. In 1994 he was promoted and appointed Colonel Army Plans in the MOD, responsible for the shape and size of the Army. After 2 years he escaped the MOD via the Higher Command and Staff course to become Commander 4th Armoured Brigade in Germany. In 1998 he was posted to the Permanent Joint Headquarters as Chief Joint Force Operations, the UK’s default one star commander for short notice expeditionary operations. In this role he was involved in a number of operations, including commanding the UK Contingent in East Timor in 1999, and twice commanding a UK Joint Task Force in Sierra Leone in 2000. Promoted to Major General, he assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in April 2001. During this tour, HQ ARRC achieved full operating capability as NATO’s first High Readiness Force (Land). He was appointed Assistant Chief of the General Staff in September 2002 and assumed the appointment of COMARRC on 19th January 2005. Lieutenant General Richards has attended the US Brigade Commanders, Combined Joint Force Land Component Commanders and Joint Task Force Commanders (Pinnacle) Courses. His operational awards include a Mention in Despatches, Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.

Lieutenant General Richards has a home near Salisbury, is married to Caroline and has 2 undergraduate daughters (Joanna and Pippa). He is a keen student of military history, a qualified offshore yachtsman – he is Admiral of the British Kiel Yacht Club, a Governor of his old School, an occasional horseman and an unskilled but hard working gardener.

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