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LTC Daniel J. Ruder
Lieutenant Colonel J. Ruder graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1994 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Infantry. His first assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader and Battalion Support Platoon Leader in Vilseck, Germany while assigned in the 3rd Infantry Division and subsequently the 1st Infantry Division. In 1997, after the concluding his Branch Detail to the Infantry, he completed the Signal Officer Transition Course and returned to Germany as an Infantry Battalion Signal Officer and deployed with his unit to Bosnia.
From 1999 to 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Ruder commanded a signal company at the Alternate Joint Communications Center (AJCC-Site R) in Maryland and afterwards commanded the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) at Fort Meade, Maryland. From 2002 to 2003, Lieutenant Colonel J. Ruder served as Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of Army Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Afterwards, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from 2003 to 2004 and served in the J6 for Special Operations Command-Center with duty in Baghdad, Iraq.
In 2006, after completing the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he was assigned to I Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington, as the Chief Knowledge Management Officer. In 2007 he deployed on a by-name tasking in support of the Iraq Surge campaign with duty in Baghdad, Iraq as a lead planner assigned to G5 Plans, 1st Cavalry Division.
In 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Ruder served on the personal staff to the I Corps Commander at Fort Lewis. He deployed with I Corps from 2009-2010 to Baghdad, Iraq as the C5 Chief of Plans in the Multi-National Corps-Iraq and as a senior planner to the Commander, United States Forces-Iraq during the Iraq Sovereignty campaign. Upon return from deployment, he was assigned in July 2010 as Deputy Brigade Commander to the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon.
Lieutenant Colonel Ruder has a M.A. in Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a M.A. in Information Technology Management from Webster University, and a B.A. in Economics from Florida A&M University. He is a graduate of the Army's Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Ranger School. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and various Join and Army achievement awards.
Lieutenant Colonel Ruder is married with one daughter.