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Master Sergeant Richard Lane

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MSG Richard L. Lane enlisted in the United States Army and joined the Corps of Engineers on 21 January 1993, starting his 22 years of active duty service as a Combat Engineer, while serving the Engineer Regiment, he deployed to Iraq as part of the initial invasion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I.  He also deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Upon completion of One Station Unit Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO in 1993, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 70th Engineer Battalion, Ft. Riley, KS.  While at his first unit, he became proficient in several Engineer Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills covering the entire Engineer mission scope, including mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability. In 1994, MSG Lane participated in a multi-agency response to contain and neutralize the wildfire in Idaho.  In October 1994, 1SG Lane PCS’d to Camp Castle, Korea and was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion. During his tenure in this battalion, his leadership and sound decision making resulted in his selection as a Team Leader. While stationed in Korea, he participated in multiple BN and BDE FTX’s.

In October 1995, MSG Lane PCS’d to Ft. Riley where he assumed responsibility as a Section SGT and then squad leader in Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion.  He was responsible for the class IV/V yards during both the BDE FTX and NTC Rotation 97-05 which resulted in rapid MICLIC reloads and mine dump operations.  He completed the 25 mile Bataan Death March and led his squad through the 24-hour continuous defensive operations in support of TF 2-34.  His squad excelled during NTC 99-06, completing 84 M1/M2 fighting positions and 1,245 meters of tank ditch during a 48 hour live fire defense.

In 1999, MSG Lane again PCS’d to Korea where he was assigned as a squad leader and operations sergeant in Charlie Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion.  As a squad leader, 1SG lane provide leadership during a simultaneous breach without the benefit of communication with his platoon leader and for his tireless training on how to successfully breach a minefield utilizing the MICLIC.  Through aggressive maintenance, his squad’s Volcano continuously led the Battalion in deployment missions with the ROK Army.  Additionally, he providing rapid engineer damage assessment in order to facilitate the successful clean up and repair of damaged facilities after the August 2000 monsoons.

After completing his tour in Korea, MSG Lane PCS’d to Ft. Bragg, NC and served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant in the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne).  As a platoon sergeant, MSG Lane led his platoon during NTC Rotation 01-08 to accomplish all mobility and counter mobility missions for Task Force 1/504th PIR.  His exceptional knowledge of engineer field operations, enabled him to train over 100 Soldiers from 3-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment in advanced demolitions, greatly increasing battlefield survivability.  In preparation for combat during OIF, he coordinated all Company demolitions, weapons and MOUT training.  In March, 2003 he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and individually coordinated multi-unit EOD and Engineer asset coverage of the entire Southern Baghdad sector.  Additionally, he expertly advised the Brigade Commander on force protection and employment of engineer equipment during combat operations.

In 2003, MSG Lane PCS’d to Ft. Carson, CO as an AGR OC/T responsible for training and preparing reservists deploying in support of OEF/OIF.  MSG Lane was instrumental in the construction of a brigade MOUT training program that became 91st Infantry Division standard for mobilization training.  He personally trained 1,400 RC Soldiers deploying to OIF/OEF in a MOUT environment over a 6 month period at Ft. Bliss, TX.  Next, he developed the mission concept program of dismounted training for the 116th BCT that became the standard for the battalion.  He personally developed an urban security patrol training lane that resulted in over 3,500 RC Soldiers becoming competent over a 12 month period.  As NCOIC of the battalion certification range at Ft. Carson, he directly enhanced the proficiency of over 20 leaders in basic and advanced demolitions. MSG Lane was selected by the battalion commander to be the lead trainer and developer of an Intelligence Cell consisting of Iraqi civilian and military leadership during multiple Ft. Riley training missions.  He personally developed 7 scripting matrix cycles, 40 dossier's of village leadership and link diagrams that implemented IED and COB scenarios into all training events that directly enhanced the readiness of over 30 MiTTs deploying to OIF.

MSG Lane PCS’d to Ft. Riley, KS in 2007 where he acted as the senior NCO for both G5 Plans and the Division Engineer section.  He immediately took charge of developing the long range calendar to coordinate actions of all Division and Garrison activities on Ft. Riley.  He planned and coordinated Division engineer assets to construct Ft. Riley’s first trench warfare training complex.  Using his knowledge and personal expertise, he developed the 1st Infantry Divisions C-IED program to better prepare Soldiers deploying to OIF and OEF.  As part of the annual 1st Infantry Division society reunion, he planned and oversaw the movement of over 200 Soldiers to Fort Carson for the reunion with 1st Infantry Division veterans. Finally, he assisted in the preparation and execution of the 3/1st Infantry Division Warfighter Exercise

In 2009, MSG Lane PCSd to Ft. Carson where he served as the platoon sergeant for 1st  Platoon, Alpha Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion from 13 April 2010 to 12 April 2011.  He was directly responsible for ensuring the mission readiness of 22 Soldiers and 10 NCOs during the train-up for OEF XII.  He tirelessly led his platoon through an intense regimen of 16 small arms and demo ranges and culminated the training of his platoon at Operation Gryphon Lightning (BN FTX) with a successful dismounted squad live fire exercise.  After completing his platoon sergeant time, MSG Lane was selected to serve as the Operations NCOIC of 4th Special Troops Battalion, where he was directly responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing the training of a 550 Soldier battalion.  He personally taught, coached and mentored four battle captains and NCOs and managed a staff section of 15 Soldiers.  MSG Lane’s actions enabled the battalion to exceed all of its training objectives during one BN FTX, two BDE FTXs, JRTC Rotation 12-02, and all mandatory pre-deployment training. 

On 19 March 2013, MSG Lane assumed responsibility as the 1SG for A CO, 4th Special Troops Battalion, responsible for the mission readiness of 88 Soldiers in preparation for deployment in support of OEF XIV.  He epitomized the standard of a noncommissioned officer by developing his Soldiers into independent and capable leaders, leading them through a Buddy Team LFX, Fire Team LFX, SQD STX, BDE FTX, BN Gunnery, NTC Rotation 14-02, and all mandatory training necessary to prepare for OEF XIV.  As the Company First Sergeant during OEF XIV, MSG Lane exceptionally managed the accountability and daily lives of 78 Soldiers from Assassin Company deployed to Regional Command-South.  MSG Lane mitigated risks on over 100 Combined Arms Breach Team missions and over 100 light clearance team operations.  He was vital in the successful relocation of the company three times throughout the deployment with no impact to mission readiness.  MSG Lane has been married to his wife Martha for 10 years.

MSG Lane currently serves as the Senior Military Instructor at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he assumed responsibility in June 2015.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (with three oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with seven oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two bronze stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Non-Commission Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with two numerals), the Army Service Ribbon, the Over Seas Service Ribbon (with five numerals) the NATO Medal,  and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (with one oak leaf cluster).  He was awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Drivers Badge (W).  He is an Engineer recipient of the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.

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