Captain Richard Schuster is the Commander, 173rd Maintenance Operations Flight, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. He commands a flight of 26 airmen responsible for maintenance analysis, planning, control, resource management and support for approximately 4700 annual flight hours, directly contributing to the 173rd Fighter Wing’s mission of training all Active Duty and Air National Guard F-15C pilots.

Captain Schuster started his service enlisting as an Avionics Technician in the United States Marine Corps in February 1992. His actions during Marine Combat Training (MCT), in 1993, led to a meritorious promotion. He then attended AVA1 course at NAS Memphis, TN. He attended AV-B school at MCAS Camp Pendleton for Huey and Cobra helicopters. He performed multiple roles in the USMC including Avionics, Quality Assurance Representative, Safety Manager, COMSEC Manager and Avionics COM/NAV and wire bundle repair formal instructor at multiple locations including MCAS Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms CA, El Centro CA, MCAS Futenma Okinawa Japan, Osan Air Base and during a WESTPAC on the USS New Orleans serving in seven different host nations in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. He separated from Active Duty in 1999 and worked for the Department of the Navy as a civilian contractor in support of the NAS Fallon Search and Rescue unit, and the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC, Top Gun) high-altitude helicopter troop insertion/extraction and rescue operations. He enlisted in the ORANG at Kingsley Field in December 2004, serving as an enlisted federal technician, AGR and DSG in AVFL, CCZ, and Command Post until the end of 2009. From late 2009 until late 2013, he was a civilian GSSO/Program Manager for the United States Air Force at Hill AFB while simultaneously serving as a DSG in Command Post, then as an OIC for the 173rd Maintenance Squadron. He has served as the 173rd Maintenance Operations Flight Commander since February 2014.