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Richard Sala JD/MELP'13

Richard Sala

Presidential Appointee

Major Richard K. Sala, USMC (Ret.), retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on August 1, 2018 after twenty-one years of military service including service as an Infantry Marine, Infantry Officer, and Judge Advocate. As an Infantry Officer, Richard served as platoon commander, 3rd platoon, Company C, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and as Company Executive Officer, Company C, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. As a Judge Advocate, Richard served as a criminal prosecutor before managing a criminal prosecution office. He also served as general counsel to the Commanding Officer of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Australia and as Assistant Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division. He holds Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Colorado;  a Master of Environmental Law and Policy and Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School; and a Masters in Business Administration from the Simon Business School. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is the recipient of the Lieutenant Colonel Vic Taylor Award for infantry excellence and the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for being the Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer’s Course. He is also the recipient of Vermont Law School’s Maximilian Kempner Award. Richard lives in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley with his wife, Melanie; daughter, Lidia; and son, Taggart. He currently serves as Attorney to the Office of the Commissioner at the New Hampshire Department of Education. Email Richard.

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