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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 (http://www.newhaven.edu/library/SpecialCollections/Eaton/).  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.

Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Honored with Fort Meade Memorial Plaque

Happy Memorial Day Lint Center Mentors and Affiliates!

UnknownThe Lint Center for National Security Studies is proud to announce that Staff Sgt. Richard S Eaton Jr. was recently honored with a biographical plaque at the US Army Reserve Center Memorial at Fort Meade.

The transcript of the plaque biography reads:

SSG Richard Selden Eaton, Jr., a CI Special Agent and “soldier’s soldier” who represented the very best of the non-commissioned officer corps, was born 9 February 1966 in New Haven, Connecticut.  He grew up in Wallingford, Old Lyme, and Guilford, Connecticut — his family home for 29 years.  He attended The Wooster School in Danbury, CT and graduated from Guilford High School in 1985.  He continued his education at Seoul University for language studies, the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University with a major in International Studies.

Throughout his 18-year Army career, 13 Active Duty and 5 in the Army Reserves, SSG Eaton served in numerous duty positions that included extensive tours in South Korea with the 2nd ID and two tours with JTF-B in Honduras. He also served on special missions in the Philippines (Feb., 1986) and Panama (Dec., 1989).  He joined B Company 323rd MI BN as a reservist in 1998 and worked as a DC area contractor with Sytex and BAE. While working for Sytex, he authored “Introduction to CHATS and CHASIS (the Army CI Human Intelligence Automated Tool Set and All-Source Integration System),”  Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, 24: 24-27 October-December 1998. He was a co-founder and co-moderator of the online Army Counterintelligence Discussion Group (ACIDG-L).  While working as a BAE contractor for G2, he and other staff escaped death on September 11, 2001 due to the remodeling of their Pentagon office.  A G2 staff member and an electrical contractor were killed by the hijacked airliner while making final plans for computer installations.

SSG Eaton was also a former civilian employee of INSCOM at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Four months before his 2003 OIF deployment he was a contractor in South Korea at Kunsan AFB. Though accepted by a South Korean reserve unit, he cancelled the paperwork and chose to deploy with the 323rd MI BN. He was a tireless NCO, superb trainer and a professional soldier. He was the Bravo Company Training NCO and a co-author of the CI portion of the Battalion Tactical SOP. During his mobilization in Kuwait and Iraq he served with distinction on many assignments while attached to the 221st MI BN, the 223rd MI BN and the 3/3 ACR.

In his last assignment SSG Eaton conducted missions for the 3/3 ACR as a CI HUMINT team leader in the Sunni Triangle region of Iraq. After a protracted firefight on August 11, 2003 in Hit, in which he rescued a heat-stricken soldier under live fire, he died after medical treatment the next night from heat stress and rhabdomyolysis.

SSG_EatonSSG Eaton’s awards include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster (one for merit and the other for valor), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one silver and one oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (one star device), Army Superior Unit Award, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (two devices), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (five awards), and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with bars for rifle, pistol and grenade. He was nominated for the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and received the Thomas G. Knowlton Award and the 3/3ACR’s Order of the Spur.

His survivors were his father, Richard Selden Eaton, Sr., deceased in 2005, and mother, Sharon Noble Eaton, of Guilford, CT. They established the Richard S. Eaton. Jr. National Security Book Collection at the University of New Haven and the SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. History Scholarship at Guilford High School. The non-profit Lint Center for National Security Studies established the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2009.

The US Army Counterintelligence Agent SSG Richard S. Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis for students pursuing scholastic study in the fields related to “Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.”

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is ever-honored to be connected with CI Agent SSG Eaton Jr. and his family, and we always hope that our work will help the next generation of national security workers to follow in the footsteps of the heroes that came before them.

University of Texas at El Paso Covers Lint Center Scholarship Winner

Grad Student in UTEP’s Intelligence and National Security Studies Program Wins Intel Scholarship

UTEP_newsfeedbannerThe University of Texas at El Paso posted a story on Miguel Ibarra, the Winner of the 2012 US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff SGT. Richard Eaton JR. Memorial Scholarship

We encourage you to check out the full article after the jump: http://newsuc.utep.edu/index.php/news-latest/280-grad-student-wins-intel-scholarship.

Congrats, Miguel!

Lint Center Announces the Winner of the 2012 US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff SGT. Richard Eaton JR. Memorial Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards Scholarship to Intelligence and National Security Studies Graduate Student and University of Texas at El Paso “Students in Intelligence and National Security Group” Co-founder, Miguel Ibarra

ibarraThe Lint Center, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today formally announced Miguel Ibarra was awarded the Special Agent/SSG Richard S. Eaton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship award aims to support undergraduate and post-graduate educational pursuits of scholars interested in National Security.

Lint Center scholarship winners are chosen on various grounds but are all well-rounded individuals whom the scholarship namesake would be or would have been proud to be represented by. They must have soaring letters of recommendation, a good transcript, a pointed essay on Counterintelligence or National Security, and a personal essay that introduces the applicant-winner to the Scholarship Board. Most of all, the scholarship winners must possess a presence of being that undoubtedly epitomizes one of a future National Security professional: a potential for leadership, integrity of character, and clear determination.

“I am greatly honored the Lint Center found me to be a deserving recipient of this prestigious award,” said Miguel Ibarra, a University of Texas at El Paso graduate student. “The scholarship will further enable me to continue my studies in the field of Intelligence studies. It will also help me to build a strong relationship with an experienced mentor. I look forward to one day following in the footsteps of heroes, like U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., who performed an exceptional service to our nation.”

Sharon Noble Eaton, Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton Jr.’s mother, stated, “Rick was a well-loved soldier and son. His brothers and sisters in arms still describe him as a consummate counterintelligence professional.  My hope has always been that his mission of service lives on in this Lint Center scholarship. I find Mr. Ibarra to be a candidate that Rick would have been proud to know.  His scholastic achievements — a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Government, and current graduate study, an MS in Intelligence and National Security Studies — and dedication indicate that he will make impressive contributions to the future security of our country.”

“The Lint Center is delighted to award the 2012 Richard S. Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Ibarra,” said Mr. James Lint, Chairman and CEO of the Lint Center. “The Center and the Scholarship Review Committee found Mr. Ibarra’s application and dedication to the betterment of Intelligence studies to be directly related to the mission and spirit of the Lint Center. Mr. Ibarra’s passion and willingness to personally invest in both himself and in this nation is apparent and laudable. The Lint Center looks forward to working with Mr. Ibarra and helping him to advance his knowledge and career in the area of Intelligence.”

Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Mr. Ibarra will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription Service which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

About Stratfor:

Stratfor provides individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivaled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk, and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access, and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Richard S. Eaton Jr. 2012 Memorial Scholarship:

The Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship was established in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003.

Mr. Lint, describes Special Agent Eaton as, “a Counterintelligence Agent whose exemplary achievements during his career act as a testament to the character, conviction, and courage of those who continue to serve this nation. He lived all the life he had. The Lint Center is committed to ensuring Rick’s deeds, personal example, and noble heroism are both honored and memorialized.”

The following is a link for a more detailed description of the Counterintelligence Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Memorial Jr. scholarship: https://www.lintcenter.org/2009/Eaton.htm.

About Miguel Ibarra:

Miguel Angel Ibarra is a native of El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Business Foundations at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). While at UT, he was named the Ronald E. McNair Scholar, an award for underrepresented minorities with academic potential in Graduate studies.

Currently, Ibarra is pursuing a Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He is one of the founding members and the current Vice President of the Students in Intelligence and National Security organization at UTEP.

In addition to the Lint Center scholarship award, Mr. Ibarra was recently awarded the National Military Intelligence Foundation Scholarship from the National Military Intelligence Association. He has also earned the distinction of being named an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Scholar.

Ibarra works as a Research Assistant at the International Association for Intelligence Education and has been selected for an internship at the Department of Homeland Security.

To read his full biography and winning essay, please visit: https://www.lintcenter.org/Winners/Jan12/PR-ibarra.htm

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is Veteran and minority operated and managed. For more information and to view details regarding semi-annual scholarship opportunities, please visit www.LintCenter.org.

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