Rick Lynch

Leadership Principles from an American General and the Current Situation in the Middle East

Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, US Army Retired

General Lynch attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1977.  He was commissioned as a regular Army Engineer Officer.  As an Engineer, he commanded both a Mobile Assault Bridge Company and a Combat Engineer Company in the 2nd Armored Division.

He branched transferred to Armor and subsequently commanded both a tank battalion (1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division) and a tank brigade (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division).

General Lynch was promoted to Brigadier General in 2001.  As General Officer, he served as the Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff, Kosovo Forces, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for Joint Force Command Naples, Italy.  He served in Iraq as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects and the spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq from 2005-2006.

He commanded the 3rd Infantry Division from 2006-2008.  During that time he deployed the Division to Iraq as part of the Surge, and commanded Task Force Marne in Iraq for 15 months.  After redeployment, he was selected to command III Corps and Fort Hood, TX.

General Lynch’s last position in the Army was as the Commanding General, Installation Management Command and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.   He was responsible for 163 Army Installations world wide with an annual budget of $12 billion and a workforce of 120,000.

After retirement, General Lynch became the Executive Director of the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, a multi-million dollar facility focused on advanced technology to help humanity and finding affordable solutions to complex problems. 

General Lynch is now the CEO of his own company, RLynch Enterprises.  He consults, makes presentations, and recently published a book on adaptive leadership entitled Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General.  He and his wife Sarah reside in Southlake, Texas.