2011 Tillman Scholar

Neal Rickner

Marine Corps
Columbia University
MBA | M.S., International Affairs

Neal served 12 years on active duty with the US Marine Corps as an F/A-18 pilot and forward air controller. He completed three tours in Iraq between 2003 and 2007, earning the Bronze Star with “Valor” device, and (13) Air Medals. He transitioned from active duty in 2009, earning dual masters degrees (business and international affairs) from Columbia University. Neal is currently Head of Field Operations for Makani, a next-generation wind-turbine at Google[x].

In addition to his professional endeavors, Neal volunteers as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, is on the Advisory board for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council.