Rick Kiernan - Colonel (retired)
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Rank: Colonel (retired)
Country of Service: United States
Colonel Kiernan has 26 years of service to the Army as a Paratrooper, Infantryman and Public Affairs Officer. He served in Vietnam as well as Saudi Arabia during The First Gulf War. Other key assignments included the Pentagon, the former Soviet Union, Germany, Alaska and Hawaii. For this service, he received two Bronze Stars, three Legion of Merit Awards, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross and the Vietnam Honor Medal. He holds The Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Medal and Aircraft Crewman Badge for 100 Hours and 100 Helicopter Missions. He is a graduate of The Virginia Military Institute and the University of South Carolina, where he was designated a Distinguished Alumnus.
Upon his retirement from the military, he served as Director of Press Operations and Public Information for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Rick is also the author of Headlines from the Frontline: The Military and Media Relationship…An Uneasy Truce about censorship and communication in the military and the media. He has made appearances on C-SPAN as well as the NBC affiliate Channel 10 in Philadelphia.