COL Richard Piscal USA (Ret.)
Commandant of Cadets
|Colonel Piscal, a 30-year career Army Officer, is an experienced senior leader who is prepared to make difficult decisions in complex environments. He commanded at the Platoon through Brigade level, and deployed on numerous combat tours. He taught Captains and Lieutenants at the Armor Advanced Course, and taught tactics at the Command and General Staff College. Additionally, Colonel Piscal did two tours as an observer controller at the National Training Center and the Joint Readiness Training Center.
“As I transition from the military, I am very passionate about continuing to serve our great Nation, and what better way than to encourage young people to pursue lives of leadership and service,” said Colonel Piscal. “The core values and military traditions that Valley Forge instills in their students are the same ones my family and I believe in and embrace. I am excited to get started working with the cadets and the administration.”
Colonel Piscal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Business Management from the University of Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth, Kansas, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Colonel Piscal is married to the former Theresa Rizzo of Ocean County, NJ. The Piscal’s have three children and a son-in-law. Daughter, CPT Hayden Howell, a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame is a Blackhawk MEDEVAC pilot, and her husband, CPT Andrew Howell, a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech is an OH-58D pilot [Air Cavalry] . Their son 1LT Jake Piscal [Armor], a 2011 graduate of Kansas State University, is a Scout Platoon Leader. Hayden, Andy, and Jake recently returned from deployments to Afghanistan. Their youngest daughter, Danielle, is a 2013 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN and plans on pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist.