Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Ruppel-Lee Is an Army War College Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. He received his commission as an Infantry Officer from Ohio University Army ROTC in 1998.
Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M, he was assigned as the Deputy G3 (Operations) for the Virginia Army National Guard. His past assignments include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard (FT Myer, VA); Company Commander Bravo and HHC 3-8 CAV, 1st Cavalry Division (FT Hood Texas/Iraq); Observer Controller at the National Training Center (FT Irwin, CA); Battalion Executive Officer, HHB 29th Infantry Division (FT Belvoir, VA, VA Army National Guard); Squadron Commander 2-183 CAV, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (VA Army National Guard); and various Staff Officer positions with Joint Forces Headquarters- Virginia, III CORPS, 29ID, 3rd ABCT 1st Cavalry Division, and 3-8 CAV.
He has conducted overseas operations in Germany, Korea, and Estonia. He has deployed as a Staff Officer and Company Commander to OIF II (Baghdad) and OIF 06-08 (Balad). He holds a BS from Ohio University in education, majoring in social studies education, and a master’s degree from Webster University in international relations. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course, Infantry Basic, and Captains’ Career courses.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Expert Infantrymen’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge. His greatest source of fulfilment and pride continues to be his family—his wife, Sarah, and their four children Liesel (13), Jackson (10), Mathias (6), and Amelia (4). They have a budding eleven acre farm in South Side, Virginia, in a county that has now received its first stop light.