Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations. Arriving in the Republic of Panama in July 1985, he served as the Chief, Plans Division, U.S Southern Command, until ordered to the National War College, Washington, D.C. in August 1987. He was promoted to Colonel in July 1988.
In November 1988, he was assigned to duty as Commanding Officer of MAG-39 and Commanding Officer of MAG-50, the Aviation Combat Element of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (5th MEB).
In October 1990, he was assigned duty as the Special Assistant, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary (Resource and Plans) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was promoted to Brigadier General in June 1991 and was assigned as the Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB), MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, in July 1991. In July 1993, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii, where he served until his retirement in 1994.
Upon his retirement General Kuhn hired by Cincinnati Milacron, Cincinnati, OH, to lead a process re-engineering team for their Machine Tool Group; eventually, he was given responsibilities for the Group’s procurement and manufacturing.
He and his wife live to Summersville, WV, where he has been active in helping local veterans organizations focus their collective efforts and improve the lives of local veterans and their families. Brigadier General Kuhn is sponsored by Gale Heaivilin. Lieutenant Commander Justin Legg Lieutenant Commander Justin Legg is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in May of 2000 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and reported to Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training (BUD/S) in Coronado, California. He graduated BUD/S as a member of Class 234 with the entire training regimen captured on the documentary “Navy SEALs: BUD/S Class 234” produced by the Discovery Channel. Justin’s first assignment was to SEAL Team SEVEN where he is a “Plankowner” — one of the original members of the team when it was commissioned. Justin deployed twice to the Middle East during his time at SEAL Team SEVEN, including a seven month combat tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Iraq, he transferred to Special Boat Team TWENTY-TWO in Mississippi, where he ser ved as a Task Unit Commander and the Team Training Officer.
In August of 2005, Justin’s home was flooded and his wedding plans re-arranged due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Nonetheless, he and his wife Suzanne married in January of 2006, moved back into their home shortly afterward and rebuilt it around them. Only 5 months into their marriage, Justin was diagnosed with a severe form of Leukemia. The next 6 months brought over 50 treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, and a move to Seattle where he received a bone marrow transplant. Justin recovered from the immediate side-effects of the transplant and then moved on to a new assignment in Virginia Beach in March 2007.
In the two years after the transplant Justin developed a condition called Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), in which the immune system that develops from the donor bone marrow begins attacking various organs. While performing various duties at Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, SEAL Team TWO, and Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he fought this disease and rehabilitated himself well enough to become an operational SEAL Platoon Commander. However, in February of 2009, just five months after earning the coveted Platoon Commander position, a severe flare-up of the condition forced LT Legg to resign and step down into an administrative assignment in order to fight the disease.
In April of 2010, complications of a lung biopsy brought on complete respiratory failure and put Justin in a coma for two weeks, igniting a downward spiral that led to a double lung transplant in July of 2010. Since then he has completed 3 half-marathons raising over $93,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). He raised $50,000 of that in one season, giving him the honor of naming a LLS research grant in memory of his lung donor Jarred McKinley Carter. Before knowing the name of his donor, Justin became the first, and still the only, double lung-transplantee in the world to climb Denali in Alaska, also known as Mt. McKinley. Justin finally let the Navy medically retire him in February of 2012 as a LCDR after nearly 12 years of service. Justin finished his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. in May 2015. He holds a dual concentration in Energy, Resources and the Environment and also International Economics with a Specialization in Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory. Justin now works as a federal real estate and renewable energy contractor to the Navy Renewable Energy Program Office. His wife and caregiver, Suzanne remains his inspiration and source of love and support. They will continue to move forward in life taking on all that life presents them and living each day to the fullest, one breath at a time.
Lieutenant Commander Legg is sponsored by the GNWA.
Lieutenant Commander Hugh L. Middleton
Lieutenant Commander Hugh Middleton graduated from The Citadel with a degree in Business Administration and has over 25 years of experience in the Naval Special Operations community and multiple civilian upper management positions. He is a former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander. While in the SEAL Teams, Hugh was assigned to SEAL Teams One, Three, Five, Six and spent time in various overseas assignments including a Special Operations Joint Staff. He also worked in several U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Upon leaving the Navy, he served as Director of International Training and Director of Maritime Operations at a large, billion-dollar security firm. Following that, he then moved on to another large defense company where managed a staff of highly skilled intelligence analysts conducting intelligence and data exploitation focused on Improvised Explosive Device threat characterization.
In January 2013, Hugh Co-Founded Kopis Mobile. He ser ves as the Chief Customer Success and Business Development Officer. Kopis Mobile develops mobile applications and app-enabled devices for the military, law enforcement, and private security markets.
Hugh recently testified in front of the Congressional Subcommittee on Small Business concerning the struggles of small businesses in rural areas. He played a SEAL in the motion picture Captain Phillips and was in House of Cards Season 4. He has also been a guest host on Trigger Time TV and The Fisherman’s Guide. Hugh is a 100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran.
Lieutenant Commander Middleton sponsored by the GNWA. is Admiral Thomas R. Richards In November of 1999, RDML Richards retired as Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, responsible for the organization, training and equipping of all SEAL Teams Special Boat Units, and support units providing trained Naval Special Operations’ Forces to all Geographic Theater Commanders, commanding over five thousand personnel with a budget in excess of five hundred fifty million dollars. Naval Special Warfare Command was also responsible for shaping Naval Special Warfare to meet current and future demands, to include developing Operation Requirements Documents and Mission Needs Statements forming the basis of future Combat Systems.
As commander he reorganized deploying SEAL Teams and Special Boat Teams and all supporting elements from the antiquated Vietnam model to a flexible system to support the Warfighting Geographic Commanders in their campaigns against Terrorism and Non State threats to the United States. He also established the Combatant Crewmember Enlisted classification to ensure those critical highly skilled small craft operators would remain in Naval Special Warfare for an entire career.
His assignments have included SEAL Teams, Special Boat Units, Acquisition Program Management to selection to the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Study Group, a small unit selected yearly to conduct research for the Chief of Naval Operations.
Command assignments include Special Boat Unit Thirteen, SEAL Team One, the Naval Special Warfare Center, Commander Special Operations Command, U. S. Commander in Chief Atlantic Command concluding with command of all Naval Special Warfare forces in the United States Navy.
During his career he led forces in combat operations in Vietnam, El Salvador the Persian Gulf and Haiti.
He brought all of his platoon back from Vietnam and was the assistant officer in charge of the only successful Prisoner of War operation in the Vietnam War, freeing 24 South Vietnamese prisoners from a North Vietnam prison compound.
As the Deputy Military Advisory Group Commander he helped organize US efforts that led to the first Democratic election in El Salvador.
In Haiti the stability operations of the Special Operations Task Force contributed to the return of the elected president after ejecting the Junta of three renegade Generals.
In the Persian Gulf he led tanker escort operations to protect our ships from Iranian terrorists as well as leading the Special Operations response to the Iranian mining of the USS Samuel B Roberts.
Following retirement in 1999, RDML Richards served as a consultant with SAIC. In this capacity he was a primary contributor in development of the initial Naval Warfare Publication and the Naval Tactics and Techniques and Procedures for Anti Terrorism and Force Protection.
He has also served as a guest lecturer and course mentor for the US Special Operations Command at the Air Force Special Operations University.
From 1999 through 2002 RDML Richards was a consultant to STIDD Systems. From 2002-2009: Alutiiq Security and Technology, Senior Vice President of Operations, Afognak Corporation, managing three security divisions; annual revenues of $200 million. In served as Vice President and Senior Militar y Advisor, Juliet Marine Systems from 2010 to 2016. Education: Bay Shore NY High School, 1969. Villanova University, Naval ROTC Scholarship, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, 1969, Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL Training 1970, Defense Intelligence School 1974-1975, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XIII, 1994
Awards include Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V (2), Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious Ser vice Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2). He is a Bay Shore High School Hall of Fame member.
Volunteer Activities include Board of Directors of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation from its inception; Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2010.
Admiral Richards is sponsored GNWA. Allyn Robinson Allyn was born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Tarleton State University and graduate studies in Meat Science at Texas Tech University. For 18 years, his family has resided in north east Colorado where his wife manages the local family health clinic while he operates a fertilizer application business and catering business. Allyn grew up hunting upland game in the southern high plains of Texas. Since living in Colorado, he has been introduced to waterfowl hunting around the South Platte River. He enjoys golfing, hunting, working with dogs and finds that the relationships fostered in the field are the real trophies of the hunt. Allyn’s son, in his young adult years, has embraced being in the field and is a joy to hunt with. His grandson continues to show interest and will soon be taking his hunter safety course. Those two things, Allyn finds as treasures. Allyn is sponsored by Allen Strong. Dick Tebay Dick was born in Seattle, Washington in 1945. Throughout his childhood years, he lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and finally Connecticut where he attended high school. He received an appointment to the US Air Force Academy graduating in 1967. He met his wife Jean while at the Academy. They have been married 49 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dick served for 30 years in the US Air Force, and retired as a Colonel in 1997. His last assignment was at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he currently resides. After retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Honeywell Defense Avionics in Albuquerque for 12 more years.
While in the Air Force, he was a pilot, and served in that capacity for 15 years of his career. He flew 170 combat missions in Vietnam in 1969 and 1972 in UC-123 and B-52 aircraft. The last half of his Air Force career was in the acquisition career field, responsible for managing R&D as well as production programs for the Air Force. These programs dealt with flight simulators, bomber weapons launchers, and finally high energy airborne lasers. During his subsequent 12 years at Honeywell, he was Program Director for fighter avionics programs (mission computers/cockpit displays) for both the Air Force F-15 and Navy F-18 fighters.
Dick has been a sportsman all of his life, enjoying hunting, fishing, and camping. The sport he most enjoys is fly fishing, having been fortunate enough to pursue that sport in New Zealand, Patagonia, and Alaska, as well as many locations across the USA. His hunting experience is mostly with small game and upland game birds, but he now also enjoys duck and goose hunting.
Dick is sponsored by John Jackson. by the