Captain Richard Gomez currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Scholarship and Enrollment Officer at Fordham University's Army ROTC. Last year, Captain Gomez awarded over $1 million dollars in scholarship money to students in need from across the New York City area. Captain Gomez was born in Queens, NY where he lived the first 21 years of his life with his mother and twin brother. His interest in the Army first grew through the Junior ROTC program at Francis Lewis High School and extended into his college career at Hofstra University where he received a 3 year scholarship from the Army ROTC program. Captain Gomez graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Geography and was commissioned as an Engineer Lieutenant. He served as a platoon leader in Bravo Company 2nd Engineer Battalion Camp Castle Republic of Korea. Captain Gomez then served on the Division staff as the Facilities Operation Manager for the 1st Cavalry Division Ft Hood TX. He was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 as the Construction and Operations Manager for Multi-National Division Baghdad. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Medal and the Parachutist Badge.