Richard J. Findlay, Colonel USMC (Ret)
Director Maritime Component Commander Flag Courses
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership | Operational Level Programs
Professor Richard Findlay serves as the Director of Operational Level Programs (OLP) and Director of Maritime Component Commander Flag Courses in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership. Within OLP resides the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC), the Assist and Assess Team (AAT), and the Combined and Joint Maritime Component Commander Flag Courses (C/ JFMCC).
Professor Findlay received his commission in June 1978 from the US Naval Academy and designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1979. After A6-E transition training, he served with VMA (AW)-533 with deployments to MCAS Iwakuni and to the Mediterranean on board USS Saratoga. From 1985 -1986 he served as an instructor at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. In 1987 he returned to VMA (AW)-533 and completed deployments to the Mediterranean on board USS J. F. Kennedy, to Iwakuni Japan and to Desert Storm. Upon return, he transitioned to the F/A-18, serving in VMFA 533 and 225. He served as Commanding Officer VMFA (AW)-332 between 1996 and 1998; as Section Head Aviation Officer Assignments between 1999 and 2001. In 2001, he returned to Newport as a Fellow of CNO Strategic Studies Group XXI. After SSG completion, he became a faculty in Joint Military Operation at NWC. In 2005, he developed the inaugural JFMCC Flag Course and has served as Course Director to present. In 2006, he established the Assist and Assess Team, a deployable team that assists fleet commanders and staff in operational level command and control.
He is a 1987 graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, a 1996 graduate of Air Command and Staff College, and a 1999 graduate of the Naval War College.
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