Captain Richard S. Lofgren is a 1993 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He was commissioned an Ensign after completing the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps curriculum at Texas. Upon completion of Surface Warfare Officer School and Steam Engineering School in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported onboard USS WASP (LHD-1) in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed two significant deployments in direct support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti and Operation Joint Resolve in the Balkan region.
Captain Lofgren left active duty to pursue a civilian career in the financial services industry and has held numerous executive management positions. He affiliated with the Navy Reserve on September 11, 2001, joining NR Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Detachment ONE ONE ONE (CINPACFLT 111) as Training Officer. Other assignments include tours as Intelligence Officer for Naval Embarked Advisory Team ONE ONE ONE (NEAT 111); Executive Officer of Inshore Boat Unit FOURTEEN (IBU-14); N7 for NR United States Pacific Command Detachment ONE ONE ONE (USPACOM Det 111); Training Officer and plankowner for Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron ELEVEN (MSRON 11); Senior Assessor (N7R-TEU) for Coastal Riverine Group ONE (CRG-1); Reserve Deputy Commodore for Coastal Riverine Group TWO (CRG-2) and Chief Staff Officer for Camp Titan, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
His Command tours include Recruit Support Unit ONE ONE FIVE ZERO (RSU 1150); Inshore Boat Unit FIFTEEN (IBU15); Maritime Expeditionary Command and Control Division THREE ONE (C2DIV31); Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Squadron ONE (MCASTRONONE); NR Commander LCS Squadron ONE (COMLCSRON ONE) Surface Warfare Mission Module; Coastal Riverine / Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron EIGHT (CORIVRON / MSRON 8); and NR Commander Fourth Fleet (C4F/USNAVSO). He also served as the Co-Director for the Coastal Riverine Force within the Surface Warfare Reserve Enterprise. Lofgren is a graduate of the Navy Senior Leader Seminar Course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and completed his Joint Professional Military Education at the Naval War College’s Command and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island. A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, he is authorized to wear the Command at Sea, Command Ashore and Small Craft Officer-in-Charge of combatant craft insignias.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (two awards) and various unit, expeditionary and campaign awards.
A third generation Naval Officer, he is the Son and Grandson of Naval Aviators. He currently resides in Plano, Texas and Newport, RI with his wife, Jennifer Lauinger Lofgren.