A Soldier’s Legacy: Richard S. Eaton Jr

us-flag-capitol-half-staff-737281August 12, 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., a Counterintelligence Special Agent for the US army.  He died due to medical complications following a 24-hour firefight in Hit, Iraq while deployed with the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion.

Eaton was a highly decorated soldier with awards including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with bars for rifle, pistol, and grenade.  During his 18 years of Army service, he served tours in Korea, Honduras, Panama, and Iraq.

Eaton dedicated his career to the advancement of Counterintelligence and national security.  Since his passing, his accomplishments have been honored by his family and colleagues.  Eaton’s family established the SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. National Security Collection at the University of New Haven’s library in 2003 (  Just last year, he was honored with a plaque at the US Army Reserve Center Memorial at Fort Meade.

In 2011, the Lint Center for National Security Studies announced an educational scholarship to be annually awarded in honor of this fallen soldier.  This scholarship provides both financial and mentoring support to those who have chosen to follow in Eaton’s footsteps.

zzeaton-richard“I had the honor of serving with Rick both at home and abroad,” said James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “His exemplary achievements during his career are a testament to the character, conviction, and courage of those who continue to serve this nation – always out front. I owe Rick a debt of gratitude that only service members can understand and Counterintelligence specialists can appreciate; this country owes him the honor befitting his sacrifice. The Lint Center is committed to ensuring Rick’s deeds, personal example, and noble heroism are both honored and memorialized.”

“It has been ten years since he left us, but not a day goes by that doesn’t fail to remind us of who he was, what he did, or what he meant to us. We continue to proudly remember his legacy of service and his many years of friendship.”

A special thank you goes out to the Eaton family for their long time support of the Lint Center’s mission to support the educational pursuits of America’s next generation of intelligence and national security workers.


To learn more about SSG Eaton’s life and accomplishments, please visit the links below:

  1. Together We Served
  2. Honor the Fallen
  3. The Courant
  4. Rense


*This post was written by Jessica Crawford, a Lint Center volunteer.

James Webb Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

Mr. James Webb served in the United States Marine Corps for 26 years, where he spent 10 years as an Intelligence Analyst/Chief and 16 years as a Counterintelligence specialist.

Mr. Webb has expertise in Counterintelligence (CI), Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection and prevention, J2X operations, intelligence analysis and production, and counter-threat finance at tactical, operational, and strategic levels.

Having spent a good deal of his career overseas, including deployments to forward areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Djibouti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Korea, Mr. Webb will bring a career life experience of nearly three decades of strategic and operational experience to the Center’s mentoring team.

We are most appreciative of Mr. Webb’s support and are eager to set him up with a Lint Center mentee.

To see Mr. Webb’s full bio, please check out the Mentor Bios page.

Iraq Surge Strategy – Factors Reducing IEDs


A professor of mine is working on a study to quantify the impact of the “surge” in Iraq. I have been debating him on this subject matter for quite sometime (winning mostly – haha) but he asked about quantifying civilian efforts for development, infrastructure, etc following the “surge”. Specifically, he mentioned the reduction of IED attacks but he couldn’t find data supporting a causal link between the surge and the reduction.

Does anyone have any open-source information as to US strategy, US initiatives, or a US program which could be cited (or quantified) as a casual factor for the reduction in IEDs post-“surge” implementation?

Timothy W. Coleman