Almeter, Richard

State: NM

Units: 150SFS (Security Forces Squadron)


Years Of Service:

Lieutenant Colonel Richard W. Almeter commands the 150th Security Forces Squadron. Lt. Col Richard Almeter was born June 25, 1951 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Attica High School in Attica, New York.

In 1969, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman, spending two tours overseas. Shortly after, Lt. Col Almeter joined the New Mexico Air National Guard. Lt. Col Almeter spent almost fifteen years as an enlisted member, earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. Along the way he finished his Bachelors Degree in Criminology from the University of Albuquerque. Lt. Col Almeter took advantage of his education and received a commission in the New Mexico Air National Guard as a 2nd Lt. in May 1983.

Lt. Col Almeter became the 150th Tactical Fighter Group Ground Safety Officer. He continued his service and also served as the supervisor for the Disaster Preparedness Program as 1st Lt. until May 1987.

Lt. Col Almeter was then appointed Commander of the 150th Security Police Squadron in August 1987 when he was promoted to Captain. In 1990, Lt. Col Almeter was mobilized to active duty and deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Eleven years later, he was again mobilized with his squadron in September 2001 in support of Operations Safe Skies, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and most recently Iraqi Freedom, where he served as Defense Force Commander at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria.

Lt. Col Almeter is a retired Albuquerque Police Department Sergeant and is currently the Chief of Police for the U.S. Veterans Administration in Albuquerque, NM.

Lt. Col Almeter is married to Mrs. Becky Almeter and has one son named Henry a step-daughter named Holly Freshman.