Military Bios

Rear Admiral Richard J. Wallace:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commanding Officer, NASC 0266
Rear Adm. Wallace joined VA-174, the A7E fleet training squadron. Immediately on graduation, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 86 (VA-86) and deployed aboard USS Nimitz and cruised the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. While attached to the "Sidewinders", Rear Adm. Wallace served as the Avionics and Weapons Division Officer. Onboard Nimitz, he formed a Navy band that played at numerous formal military engagements. In addition, he started a Military Affiliated Radio Station (MARS), providing more than two thousand health and welfare messages and telephone patches for Nimitz crewmembers.
Following his tour with VA-86, Rear Adm. Wallace was sent to the Naval Postgraduate School from 1980 to 1983. While at Monterey, California, he earned Master of Science and Professional Engineer degrees in Aeronautical Engineering with a specialty in Avionics. He received the Navy League Award for academic achievement on graduation. Before leaving Monterey, Rear Adm. Wallace graduated from the Aviation Safety School in May 1983.
Rear Adm. Wallace went back to the cockpit, joining Fleet Composite Squadron 8 (VFC-8) as a fleet adversary pilot flying the A-4 Skyhawk at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. he was the Assistant Maintenance Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. While there, he accrued approximately 1,000 hours in the Skyhawk.
On leaving active duty in December 1985, Rear Adm. Wallace again received a reserve commission having augmented to the Regular Navy in 1979. He was assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Logistics Command Unit 0166 in January 1986. Rear Adm. Wallace was assigned to Naval Aviation Depot Operations Unit 0166 followed by Air Systems Program Unit 0366 as the Executive Officer. He assumed the duties of Commanding Officer of Air Systems Program Unit 0166 in October 1998, Air Systems Program Unit 0566 in October 2000, and Air Systems Program Unit 0266 in August 2002.
Rear Adm. Wallace finished his formal education in December 1991, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has more than 3600 flight hours in a variety of aircraft and more than 300 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Unit Commendation.
In civilian life, Dr. Wallace served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Full Spectrum Dominance and is presently Chief Scientist for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston. In this position, Dr. Wallace provides senior level oversight and advocacy for a number of important technology demonstration programs.
Updated: 21 January 2005


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