Brigadier General Josh Rudd is a Special Forces Officer and has commanded at every level from ODA to Group. As an SF Officer he has previously been assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command. Prior to assuming his current position, Brigadier General Rudd served as the Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
Brigadier General Rudd has deployed in support of multiple combat operations including Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, and Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve.
Brigadier General Rudd received his commission in 1993 through Army ROTC at Furman University. In 1994 he proceeded to his first duty assignment at Fort Benning, Georgia as a Platoon Leader with 13th Corps Support Battalion, 36th Engineer Group. He then served as the Brigade Logistics Officer at Ranger Training Brigade before successfully completing Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
Brigadier General Rudd has completed the following military schools: Army War College Fellowship (Duke University), Naval Command and General Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, and Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. He holds a M.A. in Strategy and National Security from the Naval War College and a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University.
His military awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd award), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Combat Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge and Combat Diver Supervisor Badge.
Brigadier General Rudd and his wife have two daughters.