The Long Island Spy Museum, a non-profit, apolitical Museum dedicated to educating the public about spies and espionage and how they shaped American history, announced today that Richard Kuhn – one of the Museum’s founders -- joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Kuhn was a Captain in the elite United States Navy SEALs and served with distinction in Vietnam. He also served under Commander Richard Marcinko (founder of SEAL Team 6) as Executive Officer in SEAL Team 2. He ascended to the high-ranking position of Chief of Staff for the U.S. Special Operations Command, Europe where he supervised U.S. Special Operators personnel in 83 countries.
While serving in Special Operations Command, he directed a 350-person force that provided combat search-and-rescue missions for coalition aircraft and forces while enforcing United Nations sanctions and protecting the population of Northern Iraq, in the aftermath of Desert Storm One. Additionally he directed a high profile, 400-person elite force that provided combat search-and-rescue missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“Richard is a tremendous resource for the Long Island Spy Museum,” said Michael Gilbert, COO, Long Island Spy Museum. “As one of the Museum’s founders he is committed to our mission of educating the public about the role of spies when they are supported by Special Operations. He is a true patriot and we are delighted to have him on the Board.”
Kuhn is a founder Strategic Security Solutions International in Afghanistan, one of the first security companies to be established in Afghanistan; and of Secure Risk Pakistan, a security and investigations services company specializing in crisis response planning, and security risk audits. Kuhn is also one of the founders of Trisec Maritime Security (U.K.), which combats maritime piracy in Africa.
Kuhn holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Idaho. He successfully completed the prestigious one-year Resident Studies Program at the Royal College of Defence Studies in England.