Admiral Thomas R. Richards was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Rear Admiral Thomas R. Richards, (RADMUSN ) retired in 1999 following a 30 year naval career during which he served as the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, California. In this position, Admiral Richards was responsible for providing combat ready SEALS and Special Warfare Combat Crew Members to combatant commanders throughout the world, as well as the planning, programming and budgeting for Naval Special Warfare.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V (2), the Purple Heart and many others.
Admiral Richards currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Sunseeker Enterprises, Inc. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation from its inception in 2000 and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2010. He lives with his wife in Virginia Beach, Virginia.