BIOGRAPHY

Col. Richard C. Longo
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

Col. Richard C. Longo assumed the duties of Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Pacific on June 30, 2006. He was commissioned in 1980 after graduating from Furman University with a degree in Economics. He is married has four children.

After completing the Field Artillery Officers’ Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 333rd Field Artillery in Wiesbaden, Germany.  During his five years in the unit, he served as a Firing Platoon Leader, an Ammunition Platoon Leader and Battery Commander.  After the Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course, Col. Longo was assigned to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.  He subsequently served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a Plans Officer and Secretary of the General Staff in III Corps Artillery.  During this assignment, he also completed the requirements for a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.

After attendance at the Command and General Staff College in 1993, Col. Longo was assigned as a Plans Officer and Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for III Corps at Fort Hood.  He then served as an Executive Officer in 2d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery and as the Deputy Fire Support and Deep Battle Coordinator for the in 1st Cavalry Division.

In May, 1996, Col. Longo was assigned to The George C. Marshall Center for European Studies in Garmisch, Germany prior to assuming command of the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery (MLRS) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Upon completion of battalion command, Col. Longo served as the G3 for III Corps Artillery and then was assigned as the Chief of Task Force XXI, which worked Field Artillery transformation issues in support of our Army’s Objective Force.  He then was assigned as a student at the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he participated in the Advanced Strategic Arts Program. Col. Longo commanded the 1st Infantry Division Artillery from July, 2003 to June, 2005 including a fourteen month deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His most recent assignment was as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Europe.

Col. Longo’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officers’ Basic Course, the Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.  His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

USARPAC MISSION

USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

COMMANDING GENERAL


General Vincent K. Brooks Commanding General

General
Vincent K. Brooks

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