Hattie LaFay Richardson
Col., U.S. Army
Commander, DLA CENTCOM & SOCOM
Col. Hattie L. Richardson enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1989 as a Finance Specialist. Upon her enlisted termination of service, she attended Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia, where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Applied Science in April 1994. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia, where she was Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioned into the Transportation Corps in June 1996.
Richardson graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in June 2007, and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri, that same year. In June 2018, she obtained a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Dwight D. Eisenhower School, Washington D.C.
Richardson’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, 21st Transportation Company, 34th Area Support Group, Camp Yongsan, Korea; Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Company Commander, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Task Force Victory Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Executive Officer to the Director, Force Projection and Distribution, and the Director, Strategic Initiatives Group, Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-4, Pentagon; Branch Chief, Mobility Division, Army Central Command, Kuwait; Logistics Management Officer, Equipment Integration Division, Office of the G-4, Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Chief, Korea Area Office, DLA Troop Support Pacific, Camp Humphrey, Korea; Secretary of the General Staff, Army Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas, Texas; Battalion Commander, DLA Distribution Anniston, Anniston, Alabama; and Strategic Plans Officer to the Commanding General, Commanding General Initiatives Group, Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Richardson’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.