CSM (R) Rick Weik to Head 173d Airborne Brigade National Memorial Foundation

On 5 May 2017 at its Annual Board of Directors business meeting, the members of the Board elected CSM (R) Rick Weik to head the Foundation.  Rick succeeds COL (R) Ken Smith who served as Foundation Board President from 2006 to 2017.

Rick brings to the Board a wealth of Army and Airborne experience encompassing his 29+ years of active duty service.  Entering the Army in 1983, he attended One Station Unit training at Fort Benning, followed by Basic Airborne Training.  He returned to the Airborne School in 1988 where he served as an Airborne Instructor until 1992.

From 1992 to 19995, he was a weapons squad leader in Company B, 1st Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg.  He returned to Fort Bragg in 1997 and served as a Platoon Sergeant in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment until 2000.

From 2000 through 2005, Rick served as First Sergeant of Headquarters Company and Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade stationed at Vincenza, Italy.  From 2006 through 2008 he was the Command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Returning to Fort Benning in 2008, Rick served as Command Sergeant Major at both the Battalion and Brigade level before retiring in 2012.  He currently is President of Ranger Joes International.