Colonel Rideout Addresses the MPA Graduates at West Point

June 8, 2013
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Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Dane Rideout, the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, was the speaker at the reception for this year’s graduating class of  John Jay College’s MPA program at West Point. The reception was held in Cullen Hall on Friday May 31st.

The event was very special because Colonel Rideout graduated from John Jay’s MPA Program at West Point in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and a specialization in Human Resources Management. In 1997, Rideout was assigned to West Point as the Chief of Cadet Advanced Training and later helped establish the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethics.

As the Garrison Commander, Colonel Rideout is responsible for the U.S. Army Military Base that is home to the United States Military Academy. In his address, Colonel Rideout emphasized the importance of military and civilian public service, and the value of professional education in preparing leaders for policy and management challenges in both fields.

The Graduating Class of 2013

The Graduating Class of 2013

 A Distinguished Record

The program for the reception summarized Colonel Rideout’s distinguished record of service.

COL Dane D. Rideout is a former enlisted Marine and 1990 graduate of Ball State University.  Branched Aviation, COL Rideout was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea where he served in various company and battalion level positions.  Following Korea, COL Rideout was assigned to 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY where he served an S-3 Air and Battalion S-1 before assuming command of a UH-60 Company.  Upon completion of command in 1997, COL Rideout was then assigned to the USMA, Department of Military Instruction as the Chief, Cadet Advanced Training and later helped stand up the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.

In 2001, COL Rideout branch detailed into Human Resources and was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, CO.  In November of 2002 he deployed as the J-1 for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – North and by early 2003 was on the ground in Northern Iraq supporting combat operations across the Iraq northern front.  In July 2003, COL Rideout was selected to serve as the J-1, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.  While assigned, he deployed in support of counter terrorist operations for the Summer Olympics in Greece and directed HR operations for Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara in Northern Africa. In 2007, COL Rideout was then assigned to “the center of the universe” Fort Bragg, NC.  After a short tour as the Deputy of the 14th Human Resources Sustainment Center, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Division G-1.  Deploying with the Division to Afghanistan as the CJTF-82/Regional Command East J-1, he was responsible for the planning, coordination and synchronization of all Human Resource assets.  Following this deployment, he then was assigned to his most recent assignment as the G-1 for the United States Army Special Operations Command.

COL Rideout’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.  He is a senior rated Aviator, Airborne and Air Assault qualified.

COL Rideout is married to the former Karen Dick and has two children Zachary (22) and Lauren (18) who both attend Appalachian State University.

COL Rideout graduated from the John Jay MPA Program at West Point in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and a specialization in Human Resources Management.