Service * Friendship * Networking
"Our mission is to provide scholarship, financial, and leadership support to the Military Science Department at the University, working closely with the Professors of Military Science, the Military Science Cadre, and the student members of the Bearkat Battalion."
Get to know our MSAC Members
Richard W. Mills ‘74 is the Current MSAC President:
Rich Mills was one of the first few cadets that were in both Lowman Rifles and Counterguerrillas. In the spring of his junior year he was selected to attend Airborne and Ranger schools in lieu of ROTC Advanced Camp. At Ranger School, he received the Leadership Award in his class. After returning to SHSU, he prepared the next class for ROTC Summer Camp, Airborne, and Rangers schools. Rich graduated and received a RA commission in Infantry in December 1974.
After IOBC, he served with the 1st/ 50th Infantry, 2AD, at Ft. Hood as Platoon Leader, Motor Officer, and Executive Officer. After Ft. Hood, he graduated from Special Forces School and IOAC, serving as Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and Civil Affairs / Asst S-3 with the 7th Special Forces GP (ABN), Ft. Bragg, NC., and as the Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and Executive Officer for the 1st Special Forces GP (ABN), Okinawa, Japan. Somewhere along the way he graduated from the Foreign Area Officer Course, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He also earned a MS degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI.
He served as J-3 Staff Officer at United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. After that he served as the S-3 and Executive Officer of the 1st Special Forces GP (ABN), Ft. Lewis, WA., followed by command of the 3rd BN 3rd Special Forces GP (ABN), Ft. Bragg, NC. In September 1994, Rich was assigned as Chief, Special Operations Training Detachment Ft. Polk, LA, and later as Director, Special Operations, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.
After commanding the 10th Special Forces GP (ABN) Ft. Carson, CO, he was assigned as Chief of Staff, Special Assistant to the Commanding General, and Director of Army Special Operations Forces Transformation, United States Army Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.
Rich retired in 2007, after serving as Commanding General, Special Operations Command, Korea.
During his career, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/ 2 OLC, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 5 OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ OLC, Master Parachutist Badge, Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab.
BG (R) Mills is married to the former Charlotte Fink. They have 2 sons that are also graduates of the SHSU ROTC program and are currently on active duty. Rich and Charlotte reside in Damon, TX.
The Military Science Alumni Club (MSAC) officially came into being on July 26, 2013, when the Alumni Association Board of Directors approved the charter petition for the club. Made up primarily of former military officers, all having been in the Army ROTC Program at Sam Houston State University, the club is open to anyone who completed at least one semester of the military science curriculum at the University, is a spouse of someone who has done so, or has been recognized by the club for his or her military science education or participation during their lifetime.
The primary mission of the Military Science Club is to provide scholarship, financial, and leadership support to the Military Science Department of the University, working closely with the Professor of Military Science, the Military Science cadre, and the student members of the Bearkat Battalion. Informally formed several years ago, the group has provided scholarships to deserving cadets each semester for more than a decade. The scholarship is named after Army Captain Rowdy J. Inman, Class of 2000, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, while leading his men in combat. Captain Inman was the first Military Science graduate of Sam Houston killed in the War on Terror.
There is a social side to the new club as it brings together so many old friends from times past who met at Sam Houston and developed life-long friendships and associations based on the shared experiences of the Bearkat Corps of Cadets, student life at the University and their military experiences. Periodically, the group gathers informally to share memories and catch up with one another, family and friends.
The Military Science Alumni Club is literally international in its reach, with members currently living throughout the Unites States, Central and Eastern Europe, and in other parts of the world. The club leadership is dedicated to growing the club into a significant, contributing member of the Alumni Association.
Anyone interested in helping support the Bearkat Battalion by joining MSAC should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at the University, at 1.800.283.7478, or email to email@example.com. Those already associated with the regional clubs of the Alumni Association are encouraged to associate with the Military Science Alumni Club as no additional dues are required. Click below for information on joining the SHSU Alumni Association.
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