Richard graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a B.S. Business Administration and Human Resources. He received his commission as an aircraft maintenance officer and has had operational maintenance assignments at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA working in the A-10C Thunderbolt II and HH-60G Pave hawk Aircraft Maintenance Units. In 2010 Des deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the HH-60G “Pedro Maintenance” Combat Rescue Squadron performing Medical Evacuations for the Southern Helmand Province. Afterwards he served as a recruiting officer in San Antonio, Texas where he ran training, marketing, and Officer recruiting programs for 125 thousand square miles in southern Texas and west Louisiana. He is currently attending George Washington University as graduate student pursuing a M.A. in Human Resources Development.