“We must find our way and our azimuth as a Nation again, only this time, we must commit to a deeper understanding of the nature of God and all that is true, beautiful and good in our personal lives, our civic lives and ultimately our eternal lives and legacies.”
- Rick Oehlhof
Rick Oehlhof, Consultant
Specializing in Team Dynamics Training and School Safety & Security
Rick Oehlhof was born and raised in Spencerville Ohio and immediately after graduating from High School, he enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman. His first duty assignment was with the 7th Infantry Division (L) at Fort Ord, CA and later served as a team leader and squad leader with the 25th Infantry Division(L) at Fort Lewis, WA until 2001. Rick was commissioned from Officers’ Candidate School as an Infantry officer in February and served in the 101st Airborne Division as a rifle platoon leader, Anti-Tank platoon leader and a company executive officer until 2005. After completing Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), Rick began the arduous Special Forces Qualification Course and graduated as the distinguished honor graduate of his class in 2007. Upon graduation, Rick was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as a detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 3132 and as the assistant battalion S3 until 2011. He concluded his Special Forces career assigned to the US Army Special Operations Command and retired from the Army in 2014. In all, Rick served his country for over 23 years in uniform. His military/civilian education includes: Primary Leadership Development Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape (SERE) school, JPRA (SERE) school, Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Special Forces Detachment Commanders’ Qualification Course and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Management from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. He also is a graduate of the Directorate of National Intelligence Analysis course in tradecraft and detailed analysis. His awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman’s badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Bronze Star medal with Valor, 2 x Bronze Stars, 3 x Meritorious Service Medals, 4 x Army Commendation Medals, 3 x Army Achievement Medals, NATO medal, Global War on Terrorism service and expeditionary medals, National Defense medal, and Overseas ribbons.
During a deployment to Iraq in 2003, Rick had a profound and lasting encounter with the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Sienna in Mosul. This encounter launched a deep and on-going study into Catholicism, World History and Human Nature. Rick understands the uniqueness of the American story and ultimately its preservation in the pursuit of human freedom. Rick met Matt at a Catholic Men’s Conference where Matt was speaking in 2018 and is committed to the goals and objectives of Patriots 4 life.