Brig. Gen. Richard T. "Rick" Appelhans, Commanding General
U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca
Brig. Gen. Richard T. “Rick” Appelhans is currently serving as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Director of Intelligence, U.S. Forces Korea/Deputy Director of Intelligence, Combined Forces Command.
Appelhans’ overseas assignments and deployments include the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Germany, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq.
Appelhans began his military career as an Armor Officer serving as a Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion S-4.
Since transitioning to Military Intelligence in 1997, Appelhans has served in a variety of command and staff assignments to include Detachment Commander, Battalion S-2, Company Commander, Brigade Comat Team S-2, Analysis and Control Element Chief, Region Commander, Division G-2 and Group Commander.
Appelhans commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Central Washington University in 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Transition Course, Military Officer Advance Course, Counterintelligence Agent Officer Course, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Air War College.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.