Chad Rickard was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. While attending college in 1991 he was inspired to join the military at the onset of the first Gulf War, opting to follow a family history of veterans from both World Wars and Vietnam. He spent the majority of the first 27 years of his adult life in service to his Nation dispensing freedom at a rate of 3,260 feet per second in 55 grain doses. As with many Americans his life was profoundly changed following the attacks on 9/11 and he opted to continue to devote his life to the military in lieu of other careers that would have kept him closer to home. Chad proudly served as an infantryman throughout his time in the Army and has been decorated several times for actions in combat including several awards for Valor and a few Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. Chad is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the National Infantry Association. He is currently retired and spending time with his family on the central coast of California.