General Richard I. Neal
General Richard I. Neal was raised in Hull, Massachusetts. Following graduation from Northeastern University, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. For the next thirty-five years, General Neal commanded at every level within the Marine Corps; battery, battalion, brigade and as the Second Marine Division Commander. He served 2 tours in the Republic of Vietnam and during Operation Desert Storm General Neal served as the Director of Operations and was also responsible for briefing the war to the international press. General Neal’s last assignment was as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps before his retirement in 1998. Since retirement, General Neal has been the Senior Mentor for the Marine Corps, Chairman of the Board for the Military Officers Association of America, and has been the president of three companies which license Intellectual Property. He is a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University, is a Director on several boards and is on the Board of Trustees for Norwich University. General Neal holds a M.Ed. from Tulane University and is a graduate of The National War College.