Welcome to the 66th MI Brigade
Colonel Kenneth A. Rector A native of West Virginia, COL Rector was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army ROTC Program in 1987 and graduated from West Virginia University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon completion of Military Intelligence Officers Basic Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 67th Armor, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, Federal Republic of Germany. From 1990-1993 he served as the Assistant Battalion S-2 and later as the Battalion S-2 where he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
In 1993, after completing the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, COL Rector reported to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, where he served as a Division G2 Operations Officer, Brigade S-2, Division Electronic Warfare Officer, Assistant Battalion S3 and Company Commander of Bravo Company, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion.
COL Rector was then selected to attend the Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling Air Force Base where he earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence. In 1998, he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, where he served as a Project Officer and Intelligence Plans Officer for the Battle Command Battle Lab. Later, he served as the Aide-de-Camp to the TRADOC Deputy Commanding General and Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth.
After graduating from Command and General Staff College in 2002, COL Rector reported to the 66th Military Intelligence Group, Darmstadt Germany, and served as the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Analytical Control Element (ACE) Chief and as Operations Officer (S3) and Executive Officer (XO) of the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Operations).
In 2005, COL Rector reported to the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), the sub-unified special operations component of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Tampa Florida, where he assumed joint duties as the Deputy Director of Intelligence (DJ2) for SOCCENT and deployed numerous times throughout the USCENTCOM AOR in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
COL Rector returned to Fort Bragg in January 2008 and assumed command of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Eastern Baghdad in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (08-09). In March 2010, COL Rector returned to SOCCENT as the J2, Director of Intelligence, until June 2011. COL Rector recently completed the U.S. Army War College Fellowship Program.
COL Rector is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, and Ranger Schools, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, the Joint & Combined Warfighting School, and the Senior Service College Fellowship Program COL Rector’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Southwest Asia Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Superior Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation. He has earned the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Combat Action Badge, British Parachutist Wings, Dominican Republic Parachutist and Italian Parachutist Badges. He is also a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps’ Knowlton Award.