HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

BRIGADIER GENERAL NEIL R. RICHARDSON

PRINT | E-MAIL

Brig. Gen. Neil R. Richardson is the Chief, Senate Legislative Liaison Division, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for congressional legislative affairs in the United States Senate, articulating and communicating Department of the Air Force priorities to Senators and their staff members.

Prior to assuming his current role, Brig. Gen. Richardson served as the Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey where he was responsible for providing installation support to more than 80 mission partners at the Defense Department’s only tri-service joint base. He was also responsible for providing mission-ready expeditionary Airmen and Sailors to combatant commanders in support of joint and coalition operations.

Brig. Gen. Richardson received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at New Mexico State University in May 1995, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and went on to serve as a C-130 Navigator, Instructor Navigator, C-130 Formal Training Unit flight Instructor and C-130 Weapons Officer. Brig. Gen. Richardson has operational experience in Europe and North Africa as well as combat tours in operations Joint Guardian, Joint Forge, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

EDUCATION
1995 Bachelor of Arts, Management Information Systems, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
2000 C-130 Weapons Instructor Course, United States Air Force Weapons School, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Masters in Military Operational Arts/Science, American Military University Online
2009 Intermediate Developmental Education, Legislative Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
2011 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2020 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1995–December 1996, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
2. December 1996–May 1997, Student, C-130 Initial Qualification Training, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. May 1997–May 2000, C-130 Navigator, Instructor Navigator, Squadron Executive Officer, 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
4. May 2000–December 2000, Student, United States Air Force Weapons School, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
5. January 2001–May 2003, C-130 Weapons Officer, Formal Training Unit Instructor, Life Support Officer, Tactics Flight Commander and Group Executive Officer, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
6. May 2003–May 2005, C-130 Weapons Instructor Cadre, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
7. June 2005–May 2008, Chief, C-130 Combat Programs and Policy Branch, Chief, Information Operations and Aerospace Integration Branch, Headquarters Air Mobility Command/A3D, Scott AFB, Ill.
9. June 2008–December 2009, Student, Legislative Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
10. January 2010–January 2011, Director of Operations, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
11. February 2010–December 2011, Commander, 447th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Baghdad
12. January 2012–June 2012, Deputy Commander, 19th Maintenance Group, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
13. July 2012–July 2014, Deputy Director, Legislative and Interagency Affairs, United States Transportation Command, Arlington, Va.
14. August 2014–July 2015, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. August 2015–May 2017, Vice Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan
16. June 2017–July 2019, Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
18. August 2019–present, Chief, Senate Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2012–July 2014, Deputy Director, Legislative and Interagency Affairs, United States Transportation Command, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: master navigator
Flight Hours: more than 2,300 hours
Aircraft Flown: C-130E/H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1995
First Lieutenant May 31, 1997
Captain May 31, 1999
Major Oct. 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2010
Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Brigadier General Oct. 2, 2020

(Current as of December 2020)

Engage

Twitter
Hear why this #Airman chose to get vaccinated. @SecAFOfficial recently directed the COVID-19 vaccine implementati… https://t.co/BpluKPGnmg
Twitter
Dover AFB's 436th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management section was selected as the lead test hub for future Spot… https://t.co/WEkCBqnRzW
Twitter
To bridge the gap between #AirForce and installation-level efforts, @HQ_AFMC has established a Major Command Barrie… https://t.co/hGrYi8PoXf
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Secretary Kendall addressed the #NationalDiscussion on Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment today, speaking on the need to…
Twitter
A fire suppression system using rapid-expanding foam is tested in a hangar at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Ba… https://t.co/j2hvbvsAzF
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Our Airmen, Guardians, and Civil Servants have much to be proud of—their actions saved lives in Afghanistan and our country…
Twitter
#Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load a Mk-62 Quickstrike naval mine onto a B-52 Stratofortress d… https://t.co/jaPVcg9tWa
Twitter
#DYK Today is not only Labor Day, but also #NationalReadABookDay? @GenCQBrownJr curates a Leadership Library contai… https://t.co/uITBg82KvC
Twitter
Today is #LaborDay. This holiday is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American worke… https://t.co/qijLG5cjBI
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: This Labor Day, I want to highlight a couple of our teammates at the Pentagon that help us accomplish our mission. Thank yo…
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Happy #LaborDay! Today, we celebrate both the achievements and resilience of America’s workers. https://t.co/3f8CBUkmqA
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Thank you for all you do for our great nation and Air Force. Happy Labor Day Weekend, stay safe. https://t.co/5L67tcVYcl
Twitter
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center plans to expand its Rapid Airfield Damage Repair training, by opening two more… https://t.co/fAKDYzIn0v
Twitter
Staff Sgt. Angela Martinez is an @EielsonAirForce operations manager by trade, but during a Base Resiliency Exercis… https://t.co/NEkZLjMRtY
Twitter
The Air Force Test Pilot School graduated its Enlisted Test Professional Course for the first time since 2018. The… https://t.co/fnDQKAtcQ0
Twitter
Within 24 hours, @RamsteinAirBase's Southside Fitness Center Annex was transformed into a field hospital, complete… https://t.co/VQwoIV29EU
Twitter
710th Security Forces Squadron Airmen stationed @Buckley_SFB, Colo., conducted heavy weapons training at Fort Carso… https://t.co/wbpjoAKXXo
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: As we begin our Labor Day weekend, remember to lookout for your wingman, spend some quality time with your family and fri…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: As members of the nation’s Armed Forces, our Airmen and Guardians must be able to respond to situations around the globe—be…
Twitter
Slooooooow it down U.S. military members prepare for the beginning of Thracian Summer 2021 at Cheshnegirovo drop zo… https://t.co/OatiVE6j7F
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,373,671
Follow Us