Interested in the fields of high-end security, nuclear security, and armed security from a formative age, Richard John Speer was influenced by his father, who served in the United States Air Force. His father’s influence, coupled with the fact that Mr. Speer was not an inherent scholar, made the decision to join the United States Army quite simple. He commenced his career as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1976, later being promoted to infantry squad leader in 1981, holding the position for six years. Soon serving in the same capacity for the Fourth Infantry Division, he became a heavy weapons specialist in the Special Forces in 1988 and project manager of special projects in 1995. During this time, he ascended to the grade of sergeant first class, thus retiring from the military in 1998.
For the following decade, Mr. Speer served as an operations support manager and nuclear security consultant with Securitas Security Services, followed by a position as a lead security specialist of corporate operations in the nuclear department of Progress Energy Services Company LLC. A former U.S. Congressional candidate for District II of the North Carolina Congressional District in 2012, he also served Duke Energy Corporation as a supervisor for fitness of duty for one year and a loaner to the Nuclear Energy Institute for two years. Most recently serving the Duke Energy Corporate Office Nuclear Protective Services from 2017 until his retirement in 2018, he now serves as a security consultant for ARES Security Corporation.
In light of his exceptional undertakings in the military, Mr. Speer received multiple Meritorious Service Medals and a Decorated Army Commendation Medal from the United States Army. Highlighted in myriad Who’s Who publications, he enjoys stamp collecting in his spare time.
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