Richard K. Gallagher

Richard K. Gallagher

Let it be known that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor retired Vice Admiral Richard K. Gallagher, U.S. Navy, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Louis served a distinguished military career, including service during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism. Indeed, his contribution to his country is a feat to which we all should aspire.

Richard K. Gallagher, of Traverse City, Michigan was born there on Monday, July 21, 1952. He graduated from Springfield High School, Battle Creek, Michigan in 1971. Dick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Gallagher earned his “Wings of Gold” in 1977, with operational tours in fighter squadrons and carrier air wings. Dick commanded Fighter Squadron 142 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Gallagher commanded the Navy Fighter Weapons School "TOPGUN," USS Inchon (MSC-12) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) where he became an honorary master chief petty officer. He served as Commander, Carrier Strike Force Training Atlantic. Dick served with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Policy attached to Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. Gallagher then led Concept Development and Experimentation for the newly formed Allied Command Transformation. He served as the Headquarters U.S. European Command’s Director of the European Plans and Operations Center (J-3) and Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command located in Stuttgart, Germany. Vice Admiral Gallagher retired in 2012 as the U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee. Several of his many decorations include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legion of Merits, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. Dick logged over 4,000 flight hours flying the F-4, F-14, FA-18 and F-16N aircraft, with 800 carrier landings. Gallagher was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a senior fellow with CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course, Department of Defense; Pinnacle and Keystone Programs, National Defense University. Dick participated in the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum on Iran. Gallagher is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Indeed, the patriotic contributions of Vice Admiral Gallagher must be recognized, as in all who have served the United States of America in this capacity. The personal sacrifice so selflessly offered by these brave men and women for the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must never be forgotten. Dick Gallagher embraced the essence of American heroism and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.

In special tribute, therefore, we honor Vice Admiral Gallagher for his exemplary service to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.