Colonel (RET) Richard H. Breen, Jr., United States Army, is the Director of Strategic Communications for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Defense Health Agency in Washington, DC. Throughout a 30-year Army career, COL Breen served in numerous command and staff assignments both in the United States and overseas. He spent four years in the Republic of Korea first as the Director of Operations for the 41st Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade at Camp Coiner and later as the Commander for the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN), Seoul, the largest on-air radio and television broadcasting organization in the Pacific Rim in the mid 1990's.
As the first commander of the United States Army Soldiers Media Center, his final job on active duty, COL Breen was responsible for all internal communications campaigns and programs. The span of control included the American Forces Radio and Television Broadcasting Networks in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Honduras, Bosnia, Alaska, Korea, Okinawa and the Marshall Islands, the Soldiers Radio and Television Network, the Army News Service, the army.mil web site, the Army Hometown News Center, Soldiers Magazine, the Army Newspaper Program and the Army News Assignments desk.
Upon retirement from the Army in 2007, Rich spent two years in Vicenza, Italy while his wife Colonel Lorraine Breen commanded the Military Health Center on Caserme Ederle, the military installation in Northern Italy. While in Italy, he served as a special strategic communications advisor to the Commander, Southern European Task Force. Following that tour, Rich became a senior Vice President for Summit Marketing Communications in Crystal City, Virginia before returning back to government service in September 2012.
COL Breen is a graduate of the Army War College with a MS degree in National Security Strategy, the Army Command and General Staff College with a MS degree in Research Methodology, Central Michigan University with a BS in Administrative Management and the University of Scranton, PA with a BA degree in Communications. In addition, he currently serves as a communications advisor to the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Commission, which also supports Korean War special events in the Washington, DC area. He and his wife Lorrie reside in Alexandria, Virginia.