Distinguished Member of the Corps



Lieutenant Colonel Richard Saunders


Lieutenant Colonel Richard Saunders was born on April 13, 1943. From 1966 to 1978, he served in a variety of staff, operational and command positions. During the 1960’s, as a Captain, he served as the Chief of the Storage Division at Kaiserslautern Army Depot, Republic of Germany, a slot normally filled by a Lieutenant Colonel.


Lieutenant Colonel Saunders authored, developed and staffed Programs of Instruction (POIs) in Chemical Warfare and NBC Defense, and developed doctrine, tactics and training support products to support the POIs. From 1982 to 1983, he served as the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division Chemical Officer, managing survivability operations in a toxic environment for Infantry Divisions in the European theater of operations. 


For the past 12 years, Lieutenant Colonel Saunders provided technical and analytic program support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, the Chemical/Biological Defense Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Chemical Demilitarization.