Rick enlisted in the Air Force in 1983 and served in the UK as well as stateside until 1989 as a Personnel Specialist and Security Police Specialist. After a brief separation from the military Rick enlisted in the US Marine Corps as an Anti-Tank Assultman and served in multiple conflicts which include Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Operation Provide Promise as well as several other detachment deployments.
Rick performed additional duties and assignments to include COMSEC Custodian, COMSEC Inspector, as well as implementing and training deployment of ANCARS for the accountability of cryptographic codes and equipment. Military awards include NAM, CAR, Numerous Meritorious Unit Citations, Rifle Expert (Multiple award), Pistol Expert.
After medical separation from the Marine Corps in 1994, Rick continued his training and expertise with UPS as a Technical Support Supervisor, Industrial Engineering Supervisor, before ending his employment in Operations Management.