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Brianne Richter

Brianne Richter serves as the Illinois State Membership Coordinator for Team Rubicon. She joined the United States Air Force at age 20 and attended the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. She also works for the merchandising team at the Home Depot in Peru, IL.

Many of us in Team Rubicon joke about this organization being an addiction. I found this to be true after my first deployment in Wyoming, Michigan.

When I arrived, I was greeted by a man who addressed me by name. I wondered how he matched my face to my name. Did he have pictures? Did I arrive a day early or a day late? When I was introduced to my team members, I quickly realized why I could have been the only “Brianne.” Everyone else was a few inches taller and their hair was quite a bit shorter. At first, I was a little intimidated being the only female on the operation but within a few hours, I didn’t even notice.

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Brianne first deployed on Operation: Honor Walk in July 2014 where she kicked ass alongside her TR peers and local residents of Wyoming, MI after a tornado touched down in the community.

I had such an amazing experience with Team Rubicon, as the people I worked alongside are some of the best I will ever meet. I must have talked about it for a week straight after I returned home. I immediately started looking for other ways I could get involved and decided to apply for a State Membership position and currently serve in this role.

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Today, Brianne serves on the Region 5 leadership team to support current and prospective TR members.

I love everything about this organization. I am constantly learning something new. Most of the people I have met through TR are not people I would encounter otherwise, and I just feel grateful to serve alongside them.

Volunteering with Team Rubicon is an addiction, but there aren’t any negative side effects. If you haven’t already, join the team today!