Lieutenant Colonel Stephen G. Ruth is from Angleton, Texas and attended Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets and served in the Governor of Texas’ Honor Guard. During his senior year, he served as the 1991-92 Student Body President of Texas A&M (45,000 students).
He was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant and reported to Fort Benning for Infantry and Ranger training. His first duty assignment was in Schweinfurt, Germany with 1-15 Infantry, 3rd ID. He was later selected to serve as the Audie Murphy Platoon Leader, 3rd Plt, BAKER Co., 1-15 IN and deployed to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in support of OPERATION ABLE SENTRY. He later served as the company X.O. in 1-18 IN and deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of OPERATION JOINT GUARD & JOINT ENDEAVOR.
LTC Ruth returned to Fort Benning for the Infantry Advance Course and then deployed to Kuwait in support of OPERATION INTRINSIC ACTION. LTC Ruth commanded Cobra Company, 1-15 Infantry, 3BCT, 3rd ID for two years, and was selected for graduate school at George Mason University, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology. LTC Ruth then served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Leadership at West Point and as a Negotiations Trainer in Baghdad in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) with 4th BCT, 101st AASLT.
Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College at FT Leavenworth, KS, LTC Ruth deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) where he served as the Task Force Operations Officer for 2-2 Infantry. Following the deployment, LTC Ruth was selected as the U.S. Exchange Officer to the Headquarters, Land Warfare Center in the United Kingdom where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff G-7, Joint Multi-National Training responsible for all British exercises within the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
LTC Ruth served as a CSL Transition Team Commander for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Iraq in May 2011 in support of OPERATION NEW DAWN (OND). As OND ended, LTC Ruth was selected to serve as a part of the enduring force with the OFFICE OF SECURITY COOPERATION-IRAQ (OSC-I) as a member of the Chief’s Initiative Group (CIG) and redeployed in May 2012.
LTC Ruth’s military awards include 2 Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, Airborne Wings, and the Ranger Tab. Foreign Awards include the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge-Gold and the British Airborne Wings.
LTC Ruth is married to Bettina and they have three children: Stephen II, Sahara, and Sterling Ruth.