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Thompson left the service as a master sergeant
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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Commendations: Air Force Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal

Education: Monterey Peninsula College, American University, United States Armed Forces Institute, West Valley College, Air University (Command Non-Commissioned Officer Academy), Nursing Home Administrator, California Community Colleges, Limited Service Credential

Master Sgt. (RET)

I enlisted in the US Army at 17 on Oct 6, 1954. I spent two tours of duty overseas.

In February of 1955, I began a 16-month TOD (tour of duty) in Korea and in January 1961, I began a 36-month TOD in Germany. I spent 12 years, nine months and 28 days in the Regular Army on active duty.

Having completed high school and six months of college, I elected to get out of the service on Aug 6, 1967, and go back to school. While pursuing my education I obtained employment in various hospital administration positions and primarily remained in that field.

In September of 1971, I enlisted in the California Army National Guard for one year.

In September of 1974, I enlisted in the Air National Guard and served 11 years, nine months and 14 days.

My service in all military components totaled 25 years, seven months, and 12 days. My National Guard service was mixed with civilian hospital employment.

United States Army (Regular Army) – 12 years, 9 months, 28 days – Honorable Discharge

Oct. 6, 1957 – Aug. 6, 1967 Active Duty

Feb. 1955 – June 1956 Korea

Jan. 1961 – Jan. 1964 Germany

United National Guard – 1 year – Honorable Discharge

Sept. 28, 1971 – Sept. 27, 1972

United States Air National Guard – 11 years, 10 months – honorable discharge

Sept. 28, 1974 – July 11, 1986

NCO in charge – Two years, eight months

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