The Gettysburg Foundation today announced the selection of Rear Adm. Richard A. Buchanan, USN (ret.) as president. Buchanan will take over for Robert C. Wilburn, who retired from the Foundation this summer. Buchanan begins work on Oct. 19.
“Rear Adm. Buchanan’s experience in the military, in finance and with nonprofit organizations represents the perfect leadership mix for the Gettysburg Foundation,” said Foundation Chairman Robert A. Kinsley. “His skill set is a perfect complement to our unique and important partnership with the National Park Service.”
Buchanan most recently served as the president and chief executive officer of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was vice president of undersea systems at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and has also worked at Electronic Data Systems as the deputy for strategic operations on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet Program. Following his retirement from military duty, Rear Admiral Buchanan was the vice president of corporate services for First National Bank of Omaha and the president of the Midlands Venture Forum in Nebraska and Iowa.
“I am honored to join the team at the Gettysburg Foundation in its important partnership with the National Park Service,” said Buchanan. “Gettysburg’s enduring legacy is an inspiration, and I look forward to working to ensure that that legacy is preserved for future generations.”
“Rear Adm. Buchanan is an excellent choice for the Gettysburg Foundation and a perfect fit for this important partnership at Gettysburg,” said Dr. John A. Latschar, Gettysburg National Military Park superintendent.
The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation — all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.
For information about the Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 or the administrative offices at 717-338-1243.
More about him:
Rear Admiral Buchanan graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1968. After nuclear power and submarine training, he reported in February 1970 to USS LAPON (SSN 661) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he qualified in submarines.
In June 1973 Rear Admiral Buchanan reported to the U. S. Naval Academy for a two year tour as the First Company Officer.
Rear Admiral Buchanan then attended the Submarine Officers Advanced Course at the U. S. Naval Submarine School in preparation for assignment in December 1975 as Engineer Officer on USS TREPANG (SSN 674) homeported in New London, Connecticut.
In August 1979 he became Executive Officer on USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616) (GOLD) completing two Poseidon strategic deterrent patrols.
Rear Admiral Buchanan attended several Trident submarine design schools prior to reporting to the USS OHIO (SSBN 726) Precommissioning Unit as Executive Officer in February 1981. He served as Gold Crew Executive Officer following OHIO’s commissioning on 11 November 1981 completing two Trident strategic deterrent patrols from OHIO’s homeport of Bangor, Washington.
After attending prospective commanding officer training from January to June 1984, Rear Admiral Buchanan reported to USS PARCHE (SSN 683) becoming the ship’s fourth commanding officer on 20 December 1984. In July 1987 the Naval Submarine League selected him as the first recipient of the Rear Admiral Jack Darby Award for Command Excellence.
Rear Admiral Buchanan served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Command from May 1988 to June 1990. During that tour he attended the Senior Officers Course in National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Rear Admiral Buchanan served as Commander Submarine Force Seventh Fleet/Commander Submarine Group SEVEN/Commander Task Force 74 from 11 July 1990 until 30 January 1992. During that tour he was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral.
In his first flag officer tour from April 1992 until April 1994 he was assigned as the Head Strategic Submarine and Maintenance Branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He attended the Executive Course in National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in August 1993.
He became Commander Submarine Group TWO in Groton, Connecticut on 4 June 1994.
Rear Admiral Buchanan has received the following individual and unit awards: Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation with two Bronze Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation, four Navy “E” Ribbons and the Expert Pistol Medal.
Mrs. Buchanan is the former Theresa Twaddle of Wayne, Pennsylvania. They have one son, Thomas, who is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy assigned to the USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758) in San Diego, California.