Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills
People to Watch Class of 2014
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Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North
As a Marine infantryman for the past 39 years, Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills has had the opportunity to serve all over the world.
Today he serves as Commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.
Marine Forces Reserve includes 39,000 Marines and sailors home-based at 161 locations in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Marine Forces North works in conjunction with the United States Northern Command to defend the homeland and provide military support in the event of a disaster.
“Over the past 40 years I’ve found the challenge and reward of leading Marines to be immensely satisfying,” Mills says. “I’ve served in war and peace and feel that I’ve done things that truly matter.”
Mills’ long-term goal is to ensure that the Marine Forces under his command are adequately trained and resourced “so that they’re ready for deployment when this country needs them.” To ensure that their families are “equally prepared for the possibility of their Marines having to go to war,” it’s important to Mills that “the country knows about the commitment, dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments of its Marine Reserves and is aware that they’re ready for any crisis or contingency, now and in the future.”
Mills and his wife, Pat, have six children, including a daughter who’s a member of the Navy and a son who’s currently deployed with the Army to Afghanistan.