Mr. Richard (Rick) Ridgway became the first civilian Inspector General for U.S. Forces Korea in July 2015. He previously served as a senior investigator for the Investigations of Senior Officials Directorate, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to that he was the Deputy Inspector General for U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He began his civil service career as the Inspector General for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain, in 2006.

Mr. Ridgway retired from the U.S. Navy in August 2006, having served 21 years on active duty, the last 13 years as a member of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. As a Navy judge advocate his assignments involved criminal law, administrative law, international law, and military operational law. His overseas assignments included Okinawa, Bahrain, and South Korea, where he was the Chief of Operational Law for U.S. Forces Korea and the Deputy Judge Advocate for Combined Forces Command from 2002-04.

Mr. Ridgway earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from West Virginia University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He is an active member of the California bar.