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Anniston distribution center welcomes new commander

By Emily Tsambiras, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Robert D. Rouse assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Anniston, Ala., in a ceremony June 13. The ceremony was officiated by Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Traaen, DLA Distribution commander.

Rouse, a native of Denton, Md., enlisted in the 29th Light Infantry Division, Maryland Army National Guard in 1988.

Rouse was commissioned as an aviation officer following his graduation from Salisbury State University, Md., in 1994. He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla. His military education also includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Transportation Officer Basic and the Transportation Officer Advance Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Armed Forces Staff College (JPME II).

Rouse's command position was commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 14th Transportation Battalion (MC), Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

He has also served in a variety of multifunctional operational/logistics assignments to include: platoon leader and executive officer, 129th Transportation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, Ky.; assistant support operations officer, 101st Corps Support Group, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, Ky.; Movement Control Team commander (Task Force Hawk), Brindisi, Italy; battalion plans and operations officer, 14th Transportation Battalion, Vicenza Italy; assistant professor of Military Science, Johns Hopkins University, Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Baltimore, Md.; Combat Service Support/Force Management transportation manager, G-3 FMD, United States Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; Combat Service Support Team chief, Force Management, G-3 FMD, United States Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; support operations officer/contracting officer representative, 39th Movement Control Battalion, Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08; battalion executive officer, 39th Movement Control Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Rouse's previous assignment was as joint plans officer, In-transit Visibility Integration Division, Strategy, Policy, Programs and Logistics Directorate, U.S. Transportation Command, which he assumed in August 2010.

Rouse's personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon. He is authorized to wear the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and was awarded the French Commando Badge.

DLA Distribution Anniston, Ala., commander Army Lt. Col. Robert D. Rouse
DLA Distribution Anniston, Ala., commander Army Lt. Col. Robert D. Rouse

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