Colonel Richard (Rick) Zampelli's most recent operational assignment was serving as the Commander, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. During this assignment his squadron served as the Global Response Force aviation task force headquarters and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Zampelli graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) and was commissioned an Aviation Officer in 1994. Over his 22 year career, he has served in several command and staff assignments at a variety of levels, and has had multiple operational deployments which include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
His prior command assignments include Commander, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Fort Bragg, NC), Commander, A Co, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Fort Campbell, KY), and Commander, C Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Fort Bragg, NC). Throughout his career, Colonel Zampelli has served in a variety of significant staff assignments to include Brigade Personnel Officer, 82d Aviation Brigade, Battalion, Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and J3, Air Operations Officer, Headquarters, US Special Operations Command.
His education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. Colonel Zampelli holds a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the USMA.
His significant awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, and the Air Medal Numeral 3 with V Device. He is a Master Army Aviator and has completed Airborne School, Air Assault School, OH-58 Instructor Pilot Course, Jumpmaster School, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course.