Richard W. Almeter and Lady Becky

Country and Community

Service best describes the attributes of Richard Almeter and his Lady Becky.  Richard is retired from the Albuquerque Police Department, and Becky is Director of the Stanford Program in the Albuquerque Public School system.  In 2008, Richard also retired as a Colonel from the Air Force after 39 years of service in the Air Force and the New Mexico Air National Guard.

He joined the USAF in 1969 as an Airman Military Police and was stationed in Izmir, Turkey for 2 years working Law Enforcement with Turkish Police.  On returning stateside he was assigned to Albuquerque at Kirtland AFB.  When he was discharged from the AF in 1974, he enrolled in the Albuquerque Police Academy, and also joined the NM Air National Guard. He began studying at the University of Albuquerque while at APD and received his BS Degree in 1993.Upon receiving his degree was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.

He had a very mixed career between the Albuquerque Police Department and his duties in the National Guard.  Richard retired from APD as a Lieutenant in 2001 completing 26 years of service to the community of Albuquerque.  During these 26 years he was activated various times with the NMNG, and traveled several times around the world on military assignments. He served in Operations Desert Shield and in Desert Storm. However He says "his fun assignment was that of being a Security Sector Commander at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta". He was activated into the USAF following 9-11 and served as the ANG and State Response to Terrorism for the Security of Airports in New Mexico. He was stationed in Bulgaria, as the "Defense Force Commander" for an Airbase and NATO Military Housing during the invasion of Iraq. His Unit responded to the Fire Evacuation of Los Alamos, and the Katrina ravaged areas of Louisiana. He has been on and off Military Duty since 9/11 that is until January 2008 when he retired completing 39 years of military service.

He has served on the boards of the American Heart Association, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, instructed for the American Red Cross, and is currently Chief of the New Mexico Rangers.  He is also an avid collector of Fire Apparatus.  Becky comments that their garage is a museum filled with axes, fire helmets, fire lanterns, fire hose and on and on, Oh! And he has two working fire trucks. However Becky did put a stop to the acquiring of a third one.

Richard is originally from Varysburg, New York, and Becky is a native New Mexican from Albuquerque.  She holds a BS Degree, a Masters Degree in Education and an Administrative Certificate from UNM.  Her family has also contributed to the freedoms we enjoy. Her father is a Veteran from the Korea Conflict, and her Grandfather served in France in WWI.  She is the niece of PP Norman Ribble and Lady Dottie.  Richard and Becky have a daughter, Holly, who lives in Chicago; and a son, Henry, who lives in Arizona.

Richard is a member of Temple Lodge #6, the Santa Fe Bodies of the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite.  He is a member of the Patrol and served as its Captain for two years.