1/3 Battalion Commander


LTC Richard A. Towner enlisted in the United States Army in 1991, before completing his studies at Saint Mary’s College and commissioning through Officer Candidate School as an Infantry Officer in 2000.

As a Lieutenant, he served as a Stryker Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment. He then served on the battalion staff as the Battalion Adjutant in Mosul, Iraq. Following the Captain’s Career Course, he served as a Mountaineering Platoon Trainer in B Company, 5th Ranger Training Battalion. In 2007, LTC Towner served as a Pathfinder Company Commander and deployed to Salerno, Afghanistan with 4th Battalion, 159 Combat Aviation Brigade. He was then selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division. In 2010, he served as a NATO Counter-Insurgency Instructor in Germany, followed by Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General of US Army Europe.

After completing the Joint Command and Staff College in Ireland, LTC Towner served as the Brigade Plans Officer in 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He then served as the Battalion Operations Officer on deployment to Gardez, Afghanistan followed by Battalion Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (4th Brigade), 101st Airborne Division. Following these assignments, LTC Towner served as a Maneuver Battalion S3 O/C-T and Training Center Operations Officer at the Joint, Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. In his latest assignment, LTC Towner served as a Joint Command and General Staff Course / Command Senior Enlisted Course Instructor at the Baltic Defense College in Tartu, Estonia.

His Operational Deployments include: Haiti (1995-1996), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1997-1998), Iraq (2003-2004) and Afghanistan (2008-2009 and 2013-2014). LTC Towner’s military education includes the Basic Non-commissioned Officer’s Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course, Tactics Certification Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Joint Command and General Staff College and NATO Operational Planning Course.

LTC Towner’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Crewman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Ranger Tab. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College, a M.A. in Leadership, Management and Defense Studies from the University of Ireland at Maynooth and is finishing a M.A. in Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution from Norwich University.