First Sergeant (Ret.) James “Rick” Douglas
U.S. Army Special Forces Regiment.
First Sergeant (Ret.) James “Rick” Douglas is a former President of the Special Forces Association Chapter 100 (C) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
First Sergeant (Ret.) Douglas enlisted in the Army in 1981 where he spent four years in the 1/504 Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He then went on to be a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Jackson, SC. In 1988 Rick attended and graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) as an 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. His first assignment as a Green Beret was with 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bliss, TX. In June 1990 Rick was assigned to the re-activated 3rd Special Forces Group. With exception of a short one and a half year tour at the Special Warfare Center as an Instructor in the Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Rick spent the remainder of his career in 3rd Special Forces Group.
While spending 16 years in 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), he served in numerous positions as Group Tasking NCO, Group Engineer, Senior Engineer, and Intelligence Sergeant. Rick’s legacy is that he served 10 years as a Team Sergeant, five as an E-7 Sergeant First Class and another five years as an E-8 Master Sergeant. Rick spent his last two years of active duty service as the First Sergeant of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group with only three months in garrison and the remainder deployed to Afghanistan.
Since retiring from active duty Rick earned his B.S. in Finance & Economics from Grand Canyon University and has worked as a Government Contractor with World Wide Language Resources as the Regional Manager of all overseas operations, Blackbird Technologies as a Field Service Representative in Iraq, Afghanistan and 3rd Special Forces Group and is currently working as an Independent Contractor as Instructor/Role Player for NEK Services Inc, a Cubic subsidiary and Reservoir International.