COL Wilson R. Rutherford

Brigade Tactical Officer

Colonel Wilson "Trey" R. Rutherford IV is a seventh-generation service member commissioned as a Second Lieutenant following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993. A career Infantry Officer, Colonel Rutherford has commanded Airborne Infantry, Mechanized Infantry, Stryker Infantry and Armored Brigade Combat Team formations in combat and in support of global training missions during his twenty-nine year career. He currently serves as the Brigade Tactical Officer for the United States Corps of Cadets, responsible for the legal command and holistic development of 4,400 Cadets as required by the physical, military, academic, and character pillars of the Academy.

Key leadership positions at the tactical level include as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, deploying to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the NATO Implementation Force, UNPROFOR, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and to NATO Partnership for Peace events in Poland and the Czech Republic. Colonel Rutherford commanded Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. As the Operations and Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 325th AIR, 82nd Airborne Division, he deployed to Iraq as part of the fifteen-month Operation Iraqi Freedom surge operating in Sadr City, Baghdad. Colonel Rutherford commanded 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2ID deploying the Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Regional Command - South, operating in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province as Task Force Tomahawk. Most recently, Colonel Rutherford Commanded 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, deploying the Brigade across Eastern Europe during Operation Atlantic Resolve and strengthening relationships with NATO and its allies.

Broadening assignments include as Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, overseeing twenty-two rotations. Also, he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and later to the Deputy Commanding General of CJTF-7 and Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an exchange officer, Colonel Rutherford commanded A Company, 2nd Para Battalion, The British Parachute Regiment, Colchester, United Kingdom, serving in the 16th Air Assault Brigade (UK). He deployed the Company to Kenya in support of UK Operation Grand Prix. Colonel Rutherford also served as the senior United States Government representative in Somalia, leading the Military Coordination Cell in Mogadishu for twelve months where he advised five African Chiefs of Defense, the Somali Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, as well as the Commanding General of the 26,000 man African Union Corps.

Colonel Rutherford’s most recent assignment was as the Chief of Staff for the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, where he synchronized multi-component Divisional support to the INDOPACOM Theater Security Plan and CONUS training events. Colonel Rutherford also served as the Deputy Commander for Support for six months and as the Deputy Commander for Operations for six months concurrent with Chief of Staff duties.

Colonel Rutherford's military schools include the Infantry Officer's Basic Course, the Aviation Officer's Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Environmental Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Management, and a Certificate in International Security Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he served as a U.S. Army War College Fellow. Colonel Rutherford is married to the former Caitlin DeLaney of Gainesville, FL, and has two sons. He is an avid boater and enjoys every opportunity to spend time with his family on the water.