Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona is a retired officer of the United States Air Force, He has also worked intelligence officer for defense international and central intelligence agencies. He can be regarded as an author, commentator, and media military analyst. Let’s shed some light on his background and professional development.
Rick Francona Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents
Richard Carmon Francona who is widely known as Rick Francona was born on born 31 August 1951 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Not much information is revealed about his parents and what growing up was like for him. It is only mentioned that he is a cousin to Terry Francona the manager of the Cleveland Indians.
Rick Francona Education Details
Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and the Arabic language from Chapman College (now Chapman University). He also has a master’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle East studies from Torry State University.
Rick Francona Career Details
Rick Francona has a long career of over 27 years in the U.S. military. His career in the military began when he enlisted in the United States Air Force in the year1970. Rick’s first deployment was to Vietnam in 1970 through 1973 where his assignments included performing combat aerial scouting missions over Vietnam and Laos in several significant and tactical aircraft.
Rick participated in the Iran-Iraq war that happened in the year 1988, he was posted in the U.S embassy in Baghdad as the chief of intelligent services. He also served in the field there as an air force officer and observed the routes to detect the presence of chemical weapons, his efforts resulted in the detection of weapons during the war. His bravery has been recorded in history on good terms.
Due to his command over the Arabic language, Rick Francona served as a personal interpreter and adviser to General Norman Schwarzkopf throughout the first Gulf War and he was posted at various areas in the Middle East, later in 1978, it was speculated that he joined the Defense Language Institute in California as the Arabic language instructor. After this, he was assigned to the office of the department of defense where he wrote their perspective on defense and war to other states and congress. He even served as a diplomatic officer of the United States in Syria in the year 1995. While being a part of the Central Intelligence Agency he once escaped a life-threatening situation bravely and was highly appreciated for his courageous efforts.
Rick Francona served in the Department of Defense counter-terrorism branch and led a special operations team in Bosnia that captured five indicted war criminals in 1997 and 1998.
He has served as a military analyst for NBC News from 2003 through 2008 and has since 2013 serve as CNN’s political-military analyst.
Currently, alongside writing articles for his blog, MSNBC, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Francona conducts seminars and workshops for a variety of government and commercial organizations.
Rick Francona Recognitions And Awards
Giving to the exception services Rick Francona have given, the following awards and recognitions are quite deserving;
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Bronze Star Medal
- Nine Air Medal
- Rick was inducted into the Defense Language Institute Hall of Fame in 2006
- Ally to Adversary – An Eyewitness Account of Iraq’s Fall from Grace was referred to as “one of the top ten regional books of the year” by The Oregonian newspaper.
Rick Francona Publications
Rick Francona has two books published in his name. They are:
- lly to Adversary – written as an eyewitness of Iraq’s Fall and was published in 1999.
- Chasing Demons – written for his experience in Bosnia and was published in 2012.
Rick Francona Dating History And Marriage Details
There is a record of Rick Francona being married to Emily, she is also a retired Air Force intelligence officer but it is unclear whether the couple has children together or not
Rick Francona Net Worth
Rick Francona had a successful career in the military and this has continued through his days post-military. He is undoubtedly financially stable but there is not enough evidence of what his net worth is and even his lifestyle.
Rick Francona Social Media Presence
Rick Francona is active on social media as can be seen that his Twitter handle has over 7000 followers. He engages with his audience by sharing military, political and social information on the platform. He also owns a blog where he shares about the Middle East.