Major Richard D. Bedford USMC (Retired)
Major Richard D. Bedford, USMC (Ret) is a native of Birmingham, AL. He enlisted in the
U.S. Marine Corps in October 1980, and graduated from MCRD, Parris Island,
SC. During his first ten years of service, he served as an enlisted Marine in
various food service assignments, and as a Marine Recruiter.
He was selected for the Warrant Officer Program in 1990. Over the next ten years,
he served as the Food Service Officer (FSO) for Weapons Battalion, Camp
Pendleton, CA and 2d FSSG, Camp Lejeune, NC, and as the Deputy
Director/Academics Officer at USMC Food Service School, Fort Lee, VA, attaining
the rank of CWO4 in 1999.
He was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program in 2000, and promoted to
Captain. He then served as the FSO at 29 Palms, CA and 3d FSSG on Okinawa, and
as the Operations Officer at HQMC (LFS-4). Upon his promotion to Major in 2004,
he was assigned as the Director of the USMC Food Service Program. He was
transferred to Marine Corps Detachment Fort Lee, VA in June 2005 as the
Director, USMC Food Service Training/Detachment XO. In October 2005, Major
Bedford assumed command of the Detachment; the first Battalion-level command
assigned to a Food Service Officer in recent history. Major Bedford retired
from the Marine Corps in October 2006, with nearly 26 years of active
His personal decorations included: The Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal (4 awards), the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3 awards) and
numerous other awards.
Following his active duty service, he accepted employment at HQMC (LFS-4) as a Program Analyst, currently managing the USMC Regional Garrison Food Service Contract, supporting all USMC garrison mess halls in the continental United States.
He holds a BA in Political Science from UNC-Wilmington, and an MS in Public
Administration from Central Michigan University. He has been married for 21
years to the former Tina Labonte of Auburn, Maine. They currently reside in
Chester, VA and have two sons, Gerald
(age 20) and David (age 17).
In July 2002 he was appointed as the first U.S. Marine Corps Food Service
Association Active Duty Liaison Officer, and was elected to the Board of
Directors in July 2003 for four years and to the Office of Vice President for a
two year term. On September 8, 2005 he was re-elected to serve a second two year
term as Vice President of our Board of Directors. In September 2007, he was
re-elected to the Board of Directors, and subsequently elected President of the