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Colonel Richard H. Zampelli

Commander, 128th Aviation Brigade

Commander, 128th Aviation Brigade

Col. Richard H. Zampelli previously served as the director, Force 2025, in the Army Capabilities Integration Center. His most recent command and operational assignment was serving as the commander of 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During this assignment, the squadron served as the Global Response Force Aviation Task Force Headquarters and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Zampelli graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned an Aviation Officer in 1994. Over his 23-year career, he served in several command and staff assignments at a variety of levels, including multiple operational deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

His command assignments include commander, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg; commander, A Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and commander, C Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg. Throughout his career, Zampelli has served in a variety of significant staff assignments, to include brigade personnel officer, 82nd Aviation Brigade; battalion operations officer, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; J3 air operations officer, HQ USSOCOM; and director, Force 2025, in the Army Capabilities Integration Center.

His education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Naval War College. Zampelli holds a Master of Arts 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, five 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 SERE-C.

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