A native of Long Island, Rich graduated in 2015 with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fordham University, where he was also a member of the men’s crew team. He accepted a commission as a Field Artillery officer through the Army ROTC program. Rich spent the majority of his six years on active duty serving with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas as a Fire Support Officer, Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer. During this time, he deployed to several Eastern European countries in support of the newly created Atlantic Resolve mission. Rich is currently transitioning from active duty to pursue enrollment at UNC law school.