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Mr. Bert L. Rice

Mr. Burt L. Rice

Mr. Rice is a retired Army Colonel with a distinguished career. Receiving a commission in 1959, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an Army aviator, a stint in Iran during its revolution in 1979; three years in the Pentagon and assignments with First U.S. Army Headquarters, Fort Meade, MD; the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, CA; and the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter School, Fort Wolters, TX. He retired in 1989 upon completion of his last duty assignment as Senior Army Advisor to the Nevada Army National Guard, Carson City, NV.

Since retiring in 1989, Rice campaigned and was elected as a councilman for District 4 on the Anne Arundel County Council, serving from 1994-1998. He served as Council Chairman during his final year in office. Beginning in 1998, he flew helicopters for six years in support of the Anne Arundel County Police Department on a volunteer basis.

He was instrumental in establishing the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation and served as its first President.

Mr. Rice graduated from Montana State University in 1959, receiving a Bachelor of Science in general studies with a major in agricultural engineering. In 1977, he earned a Master of Arts in supervision and management from Central Michigan University.

Mr. Rice has been involved in many veteran and civic organizations. He served successfully as the Commander-in-Chief (CINC) of the Military Order of the World Wars from 2004 to 2005.  In 1993, Rice was a founder and the first Commander of the Meade Memorial VFW Post 5172, Odenton, Maryland. He also served as President of both the Maple Ridge Homeowners Association and the Greater Odenton Improvement Association (GOIA).