Brigadier General Steven R. Rudder
A native of Canton, CT, Brigadier General Steven Rudder received his commission in June 1984 following graduation from Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Second Lieutenant Rudder graduated from The Basic School in February 1985, and reported to 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion serving as the Supply Officer and Platoon Commander. Reporting to flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL, he was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1987. Assigned to HMT-303, he completed AH-1J helicopter training in December 1987 and was assigned to HMLA-367 where he served as the Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and participated in unit deployments to Futenma, Okinawa and Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM. Joining HMM-161 (REIN) in 1992 he served as the Weapons and Tactics Officer deploying with the 11th MEU(SOC) back to the North Arabian Gulf.
In June 1993, Captain Rudder was reassigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, Yuma, Arizona, where he served as the AH-1 Division Head. In August 1996, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, graduating in May 1997 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Military Studies Degree.
In July 1997, Major Rudder was assigned to HML/A-167 where he served as the Logistics and Operations Officer. In 1999, he joined HMM-261(REIN) where he served as the Future Operations Officer completing a deployment with the 22nd MEU(SOC) to EUCOM and CENTCOM AOR.
In June of 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Rudder was reassigned to the Office of Net Assessment, The Office of the Secretary of Defense serving as Mr. Andrew Marshall’s Military Assistant. In May of 2001, he assumed command of HML/A-167 deploying to EUCOM AOR in support of Dynamic Mix. During Jan 2003, he deployed to Al Jabr, Kuwait serving in the 3rd Marine Air Wing Tactical Command Center as a Senior Watch Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 1. He returned from Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in May 2003 and attended the Army War College graduating with a Master of Strategic Studies degree.
In July of 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Rudder was assigned to U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida, where he served as the lead planner for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In June 2007, he assumed command of Marine Air Group 26 deploying them to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 9.1. In July 2009, Colonel Rudder reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation where he served as the Branch Head of Aviation Expeditionary Enablers (APX). Selected to Brigadier General, he transferred in June 2010 to Headquarters Marine Corps, Office of Legislative Affairs where he served as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant until June 2013.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal Strike Flight 4, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Combat V, Joint Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.