Born 21 July 1950 in New York City, Richard A. Hack was commissioned through ROTC in 1972 from the Virginia Military Institute. From 1973 to 1976 he served in a series of assignments as Maintenance Platoon Leader and Shop Officer in the 530th Maintenance Company and then the 514th Maintenance Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and with the 596th Maintenance Company and the 903d Maintenance Company in Germany. He then took command of the 42d Maintenance Company in Germany.
In 1979, Hack was selected for the Training with Industry Program, working in Sikorsky Aircraft's Development Center and then in the purchasing department. He was next assigned, in 1980, to Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) as an Armament Materiel Management Staff Officer, where he coordinated a 224 million dollar program for modernizing RIA. In 1982, he was selected as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, US Armament Materiel Readiness Command at RIA.
Next Hack reported to Fort Stewart, Georgia, in 1984 as Materiel Officer for the 724th Maintenance Battalion, responsible for equipment readiness in the 24th Infantry Division. In 1985, he became the Support Operations Officer for the division's 4th Main Support Battalion, then Executive Officer of the 1st Forward Support Battalion, and finally Chief of the Division Materiel Management Center, where he managed a 24 million dollar inventory.
Hack returned to Germany in 1987 as a Logistics Plans Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters United States Army Europe, responsible for theater logistics plans. He returned to the United States in 1988 to take command of the 705th Support Battalion (Main), 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana. His next assignment, in 1991, was as Chief, Unit Maintenance and Battle Damage Assessment and Repair Office, US Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground.
In 1993, Hack returned to Fort Stewart to command the 24th Infantry Division's Support Command (DISCOM), containing 3,400 Soldiers. He next reported, in 1995, to Headquarters Army Materiel Command (AMC) in Alexandria, Virginia, to serve as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General. In 1996, he moved to Fort Hood, Texas, to serve as Assistant Division Commander (Support) of the 4th Infantry Division, supervising the combat support and combat service support units. He remained at Fort Hood to take command of the 13th Corps Support Command in 1997, responsible for 5,400 Soldiers.
In 1999, Hack returned to Germany as Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command, containing 7,000 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and Local Nationals with an annual operating budget of over 1.8 billion dollars. Upon returning to the United States in 2001, he was selected to serve as AMC Chief of Staff, a position he held in addition to serving as the Deputy Commanding General starting in October 2002. He reorganized the headquarters staff of 1,300 Soldiers and civilians to sharpen its focus on operational requirements. In 2005, he led a Combat Service Support Assessment Team to Iraq, producing a detailed report containing 235 recommendations. Lt. Gen. Richard A. Hack retired in 2005 after 33 years of dedicated service.