Col. Richard "Dick" Kochanek, F.SAME, USAF (Ret)

A Leader Among Leaders

Col. Richard "Dick" Kochanek, F.SAME, USAF (Ret), has served SAME for 31 years. For more than 18 of those years, he has served on the San Antonio Post Board of Direction, most recently serving Post President in 2014.

On the regional and national level, Dick served as Chairperson for the 2000 TEXOMA Regional Conference and the SAME 2004 National Conference and as a member of the TISP Knowledge, Skills and Education Working Group.  Among his countless volunteer hours for the San Antonio Post include serving on the Post Scholarship and Readiness Committees as well as for myriad Post activities. Additionally, he authored the Post Bylaws, Strategic Plans and Post Awards Program.  Dick’s tireless efforts helped propel the Post to be recognized as a Top Post in 2004, 2012 and 2013.  

A leader among leaders, Dick has been honored by SAME with numerous RVP medals, the President’s Medal and the Gerald R. Brown Mentoring Award.