Mr. Rickleff is currently serving as the Deputy to the Commander, 404th Army Field Support Battalion-Charleston. He enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard on 17 March 1987, as a utilities repairer. On 20 September 1990, he was activated and deployed to Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm with his WIARNG unit as a sergeant/E-5. Upon college graduation in 1992, he was designated the school’s Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Rickleff’s first assignment placed him at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served with the mighty 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He initially served as the mechanical maintenance platoon leader and shop officer in Company D / 801st Main Support Battalion, and then became the Support Operations Maintenance Officer for 626th Forward Support Battalion. Upon completion of the Combined Logistics Advanced Course, Mr. Rickleff was assigned to the G4, 25th Infantry Division (Light), in August 1996, where he worked as the G4 maintenance officer. In December 1997, Mr. Rickleff was assigned to the Division Support Command, 25th ID (L), where he proudly served as the DISCOM S1. In June 1999, Mr. Rickleff assumed command of Company B / 725th MSB. In August 2000, Mr. Rickleff relinquished command and became the 725th MSB S3. In June 2001, Mr. Rickleff was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7, Pentagon, as a JCS Intern. In June 2002, he was assigned to the Office of Chief of Staff of the Army as a special assistant. Upon completion of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College in June 2004, Mr. Rickleff was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Support Command, 101st Airborne Division, materiel officer, division materiel management center. In June 2005, Mr. Rickleff was assigned to the 561st Corps Support Battalion where he served as the support operations officer at Fort Campbell and Iraq. In March 2007, he was assigned to Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and served as the executive officer to the chief of ordnance. In March 2009, he served as the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander for 34 months at Fort Campbell, and deployed to the Helmand Province, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. In July 2013, he had the privilege to serve as the 528th Sustainment Brigade commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Mr. Rickleff retired from the U.S. Army on 1 December 2015, after nearly 29 years of service to this great nation. He has been a Department of the Army civilian since December 2017, deployed to the U.S. Army Central area of responsibility serving as the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program deputy program director and deputy to the commander, 401st Army Field Support Brigade.
Mr. Rickleff holds an associate degree in applied science from Western Wisconsin Technical Institute (1982), a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Winona State University (1992), a Master of General Administration from Central Michigan University (1997), and Masters of military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2004).
Mr. Rickleff’s professional military schooling includes completion of Basic Training and On-the-job Training (1987), Primary Leadership Development Course (1989), Air Assault School (1990), Ordnance Officer Basic Course (1992), Airborne School (1992), Ranger School (1994), NBC School (1994), Slingmaster Course (1995), Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course (1996), Support Operations Course (1997), Combined Arm Services and Staff School (1998), Marine Corps Command & Staff College (2004), and U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Supply Chain Management) (2013).
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Military Graduate, two Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Accommodation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Campaign Stars), the Afghan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the Army Reserve Component Overseas Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Mr. Rickleff also holds the JCS Identification Badge, the Army Staff Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Dutch Jump Wings and the coveted Ranger Tab.
Mr. Rickleff was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.