Meet the Candidate
Riakos L. Adams is a native of Washington, D.C. He matriculated through D.C. Public Schools, graduating from Benjamin Banneker Academic Senior High School. He was commissioned as a Military Police Officer at Howard University and graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in MAY 2000. He holds his Master’s in Business from Webster University and is currently enrolled in Liberty University pursuing a Doctorate in Education.
Riakos retired from the United States Army as a Major in January 2017 after serving for 22 years and 7 months. His military service has placed him on every continent in the world in combat, training, diplomatic, and armistice assignments. He has received numerous awards and decorations during his military service including the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Riakos is very active in the community and is currently the President of Killeen Volunteers, Inc., Co-Chair of the Killeen ISD School Health Advisory Council; Chairman of the Killeen Community Development Advisory Committee; member of the Bell County Child Welfare Board; member of the KISD PTA Council, advocacy committee; mentors at the Gateway Alternative School; the Senior Advisor of Charlie F. Ware Council 14 of the Knights of Pythagoras Youth Fraternity; and a Member of the Community Task Force of Bell County.
iakos is a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Killeen Heights Rotary, Killeen Toastmasters, Killeen Harker Heights Moose Lodge, life member Disable American Veterans, life member and Chief of Staff of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3892, a member of LULAC and the Killeen Branch of the NAACP. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., having served in every position at the chapter level, and served as the parliamentarian of the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters. He is an active Prince Hall Mason and Shriner, and a National Sojourner.
Riakos attends Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, Texas, where he is a member of the Finance Committee, chairs the Pastoral Sanctuary Team, and one of the co-chairs of the Men of Vision Fellowship.
Riakos believes in the quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Everyone can be great; because everyone can serve.”