Title: Retired Lieutenant Colonel
Company: United States Air Force
Location: Jennings, LA, United States
Richard A. Devall, Retired Lieutenant Colonel at the United States Air Force, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the United States Air Force.
Inspired to follow in the footsteps of his brother who served in the United States Air Force, Mr. Devall dreamed to serve his country and honor those who had served before him. In 1969, he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and proceeded to join the United States Air Force as a commissioned second lieutenant in 1970. He completed coursework at the Squadron Officer School, Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and National Security Management programs for the Air Force via correspondence. He later graduated from Midwestern University with a Master of Science in 1975 and from the Louisiana State University with a Master of Arts in 2001.
Mr. Devall commenced his time in the military in 1970 as a medical resource management clerk at the Altus Air Force Base Hospital. In 1971, he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he served as a student squadron commander and training evaluation officer at the School of Healthcare Sciences until 1976. Advancing through the grades to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Mr. Devall joined the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General in Washington as a health systems analyst from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1984, he served in the same role for the Air Force Medical Service Center at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas. In 1984, he became director of medical resource management at the Air Force Hospital at Osan Air Force Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea until 1985. That same year, he returned to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi as a director of medical resource management for the Keesler Technical Training Center Medical Center, where he served until his retirement in 1991.
Throughout the course of his service, Mr. Devall was the recipient of various awards and accolades from the Air Force. He holds an Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Commission Medal, as well as a Decorated National Defense Service Medal with one device and a Meritorious Service Medal with one device. He attributes his grand success simply to being detail-oriented, as well as having a deep love and respect for his country. Looking back on his career, Mr. Devall is especially fond of his contributions in getting MRI’s approved throughout the Department of Defense. His proudest moment was his final promotion as a lieutenant colonel, as well as his two years in the service as chairman of the Catholic Chaplin Fund Council at Kessler.
Mr. Devall is a lifetime member of the Air Force Association and Veterans of Foreign War. He also holds membership with Knights of Columbus, International Travel Order of Alhambra, and American Legion. Holding the comradery of the military close to his heart, he describes his time with his team as the most moving time of his life. His advice to aspiring members of the military is to always work hard. In the future, Mr. Devall plans to focus on being a good husband and grandfather. As a testament to his successful career, he can be found in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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