Recent visit by the ROTC 5th Brigade Commander
On Thursday's MS IV class, the Longhorn Battalion had the honor of meeting the ROTC 5th BDE Commander, COL Bridget M. Rourke. (see link above)
Posted: October 17, 2011
Presentation of our Texas Army shirts to ROTC 5th BDE Commander.
COL Bridget M. Rourke was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer in 1986 through the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. She began her career as a Platoon Leader and a Bn S4 in the 18th MI Bn (Interrogation) in the Federal Republic of Germany. Following the Advanced Course, COL Rourke served in DESERT SHIELD /DESERT STORM as an Assistant S3 in 501st MI Bn, 1st Armor Division. She reported to the 1st Infantry Division in Kansas in 1991 where she served on the G2 Staff, as a Support Brigade S2 and as a Company Commander. Upon deployment to the epublic of Korea in 1994, COL Rourke reported to the 2nd Infantry Division and served as the Division Intelligence Planner and the Armor Brigade S2. In 1996 she reported to her first joint assignment as an intelligence analyst and command briefer at SCENTCOM. Following Command and General Staff College, COL Rourke reported to Fort Hood, Texas and served on the III Corps G2 staff and as the MI Bn S3 and Deputy Division G2 in the 4th Infantry Division. She served her second joint assignment working in USJFCOM J9 Joint Experimentation and Concept Development. In 2004, COL Rourke returned to the 2nd Infantry Division as the Commander, 102nd MI Bn. After completing this command tour, she reported to the US Military Academy and served two years as the 1st Regiment Tactical Officer. Following graduation from the US Naval War College, COL Rourke reported to J2, US Force – Iraq serving as the Director, J2 Resources and Sustainment and the Director, J2 Plans.
COL Rourke holds a BS degree from USMA, a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Her awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster);Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters);Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster);Joint Meritorious Unit Citation; Army Service Unit Award; Korea Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two campaign stars) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. She and her husband both hail from the great state of Ohio and have two children, ages 13 and 10.