COL Wilson R. Rutherford

Brigade Tactical Officer

Colonel Wilson "Trey" R. Rutherford IV is an Infantry Officer commissioned as a Second Lieutenant following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1993. His first assignment was as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Scout Platoon Leader in 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, Kirchgons, Germany, where he participated in the first NATO Partnership for Peace exercise in Poznan, Poland. He then deployed with the United Nations to Operation Able Sentry in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. COL Rutherford participated in NATO's second Partnership for Peace exercise in the Czech Republic, then deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the NATO Implementation Force sent to enforce the Dayton Peace Accord in Operation Joint Endeavor.

Following his tour in Germany, COL Rutherford served as a Division Training Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, and later as Assistant Regimental Operations Officer and Company Commander in 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He left Fort Bragg and the 82nd following company command to serve as an Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA, where he participated in twenty-two rotations.

COL Rutherford then served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and later to the Deputy Commanding General of CJTF-7 and Multi-National Force- Iraq, where he deployed in support of operations in Iraq.

Following the Command and General Staff College, COL Rutherford returned to the 82nd Airborne Division serving as the Brigade Logistics Officer for 2nd Brigade Combat Team as the Brigade underwent modularization. He then served as the Battalion Operations and Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, deploying to Iraq as part of the fifteen month surge and operating in Sadr City, Baghdad. Upon redeployment, COL Rutherford served as the Brigade Executive Officer for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

COL Rutherford then assumed command of A Company, 2nd Para Battalion, The British Parachute Regiment, Colchester, UK, serving in the 16th Air Assault Brigade (UK). He deployed the company to Kenya in support of UK Operation Grand Prix. COL Rutherford returned from England to assume command of 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, deploying the Stryker Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Regional Command - South, operating in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province. Following this deployment, COL Rutherford assumed the duties as the G3 for the 7th Infantry Division as it stood up. Following a year as an Army War College Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, COL Rutherford served as the senior United States Government representative in Somalia, leading the Military Coordination Cell in Mogadishu for twelve months.

Following Somalia, COL Rutherford took command as the Brigade Commander for First Armored Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. He led the Brigade through an intense train-up period, culminating with a successful National Training Center rotation. He deployed the Brigade across Eastern Europe and strengthened alliances with NATO and its allies.

COL Rutherford’s most recent assignment was as the Chief of Staff for the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM where he synchronized the Divisional support to the INDOPACOM Theater Security Plan and CONUS training events.

COL 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 from the United States Military Academy, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University and a Certificate in International Security Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

COL Rutherford is married to the former Caitlin DeLaney of Gainesville, FL, and has two sons, Wilson and Duncan.