Commandant of Cadets

Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci assumed duties as the 22nd Commandant of Cadets, New Mexico Military Institute in December, 2004, upon retiring from the U.S. Army. He is a 1975 graduate, and a Distinguished Military Student of NMMI's Junior College division. He received his commission as an Air Defense Artillery 2nd Lieutenant through the Institute's Army Senior ROTC Early Commissioning Program.

General Geraci has a long history of association with education and youth programs to include coaching, Junior Achievement, and Boy Scouts. He was a substitute teacher in the El Paso Independent School District, instructing special education, math, history, physical education and health classes. His teaching and coaching skills were honed as a young Captain commanding an Army basic training unit at Ft. Bliss, Texas where he was responsible for transforming recent high school graduates into soldiers. He is an Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts Conquistador Council, on the Regional Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Southeastern New Mexico, and a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

General Geraci has a Masters of Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and is a licensed school administrator.  Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Park University, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, a Master of Science in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College. His military education includes; the Air Defense Artillery Officer basic and advanced courses, U.S. Army Combined Arms and Staff Services School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and U. S. Naval War College. He completed the Senior Executives in National and International Security program at Harvard University, and the National Security Leaders Course at Syracuse University.  He is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

General Geraci's key military assignments include: Director, National Security Space Architect, Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command; Chief, Space and Information Operations Element, U. S. Space Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Deputy Director for Joint Warfighting Experimentation, U. S. Joint Forces Command. He has commanded Army Air Defense units at platoon, battery, battalion, and brigade level with over 10 years of command experience. He served four tours with Air Defense units in Germany during and after the Cold War, and deployed three times to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Focus, and Desert Falcon.

General Geraci has been recognized by his Alma Mater with his induction into the Institute's Hall of Fame. His Military awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (1 silver, 2 oak leaf clusters), Colorado Meritorious Service Medal, New Mexico Medal of Merit, Air Assault Badge, and the Air Force Space and Missile Badge.

General Geraci and his wife Kathy (a lifelong educator) have four children and six grandchildren. Two sons, a nephew, and a niece are graduates of NMMI.