Richard Ojeda has filed to run for U.S. Representative for the 3rd District. Ojeda is a graduate of Logan High School, earned his Bachelors Degree in General Education from West Virginia State University and earned his Masters of Arts, Business and Organizational Security from Webster University.
During his service as an officer in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during peace and in war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Major Ojeda earned two Bronze Star medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, The Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Medal with Star, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, The Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terror Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal, The Humanitarian Service Medal, The Armed Forces Service Medal, The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, The Nato Medal, The Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, The Army Service Ribbon, The Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “4” Device. Major Ojeda has earned the Master Parachutist Badge, The Air Assault Badge, The Combat Action Badge, The Sapper Tab, The Drivers Badge with “Wheeled” clasp and Combat Service Identification Badges with the 20th Engineer Brigade, Tenth Mountain Division and Third Army. Major Ojeda has earned foreign awards to include parachutists badges from Canada, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Kuwait, Pakistan and Venezuela as well as the German Bronze Shutzenshner (Marksmanship award). Major Ojeda is also a recipient of the 20th Engineer Brigade’s Centurion Jumper Club after completing his 100th parachute jump and the US Army Engineer Regimental’s Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal. Major Ojeda’s combat service was recently highlighted in a book by Eric Douglas called “Common Valor” and a documentary called “The Voices of War.”
Major Ojeda also earned civilian honors, being recognized as a Distinguished Mountaineer in 2005 by Governor Joe Manchin III immediately following his first successful command in combat. In 2012, Major Ojeda was once again honored with the Distinguished Mountaineer Award by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his success during another combat deployment and the creation of the Logan Empowerment Action and Development (LEAD) Community Organization.
Major Ojeda recently retired after 22 years of service and is currently overseeing the ROTC program at Chapmanville Regional High School.