Distinguished Alumni Profiles
Richard J. Evans III
- BSBA 1984
- Director of Reserve Forces and Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
Major General Richard J. Evans III
Major General Richard Evans is director, reserve forces and mobilization assistant to the commander at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine combatant commands in the Department of Defense. Evans is responsible for over 600 reserve members and is principal advisor to the commander on the command’s diverse missions, including strategic deterrence and assurance, space and cyberspace operations, full-spectrum global strike, integrated missile defense, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, and joint warfare analysis.
Evans graduated with a BSBA in finance from UNO in 1984 and began his career in the U.S. Air Force and Nebraska Air National Guard later that year. He was a Distinguished Graduate from his officer training school, undergraduate navigator training and tactical navigation training courses. He has had operational, instructor and evaluator flying assignments in both the RF-4C Phantom II and KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School.
Evans has commanded multiple units, including leading the Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Air Refueling Wing in Lincoln from 2007-2012. He has commanded expeditionary forces, flown combat missions and is a master navigator with over 3,800 flying hours in eight different aircraft, including 153 hours supporting combat operations. Evans was promoted to his current rank of Major General in 2015, making him one of only 45 officers in that rank or higher in the Air National Guard.
Evans is a current member of the UNO military and veterans affairs cabinet, past president of the National Guard Association of Nebraska, and a graduate of Leadership Lincoln’s Executive Series Class XX. He has chaired the KC-135 and space, cyber and intelligence councils for the Air National Guard and served as vice chair of the National Guard Association of the U.S. mobility air forces council. He is an active life member in local and national military and veteran’s organizations and supports local civic organizations, including the Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska.
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