Deputy Chief of Mission
Richard M. Mills Jr.
Richard M. Mills arrived in Beirut in March 2012 to begin his tour as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Beirut.
Previously, Rick served as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Malta, ad interim, beginning in June 2011. From August 2010 to June 2011, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy.
Rick joined the Foreign Service in 1988, serving at Embassy Paris as a consular
officer, then as staff aide to the Ambassador. He returned to Washington
to join the Soviet Desk, eventually becoming desk officer for the newly
independent Armenia and Azerbaijan, followed by a tour as a political officer
at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia.
From 1996-98 Rick served in the Executive Secretariat, followed by a tour as economic officer at Embassy Dublin from 1998-2001. Subsequent tours included Political Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the UN; Deputy Political Counselor at Embassy Islamabad; and Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at Embassy Riyadh. Rick was Political Counselor at Embassy London from 2006-2009.
Immediately prior to his Valletta assignment, Rick served as the Senior Democracy Advisor at Embassy Baghdad, where he managed $325 million in State Department democracy and human rights programs.
Rick is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also holds a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and received a Masters Degree in International Security Affairs from the National Defense University in 2005. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Rick practiced law in Washington D.C.
Rick is married to Leigh Carter, a retired Foreign Service Officer. Rick’s foreign languages are French and Russian.