COL John C. Rotante assumed the duties as commander of the 404th Army FieldSupport Brigade May 21, 2021. He is a native of Wyckoff, New Jersey, and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1997 from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master’s of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
COL Rotante’s military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captain Career Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the War College.
COL Rotante’s first assignment was Fort Drum, New York, in the 10th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division where he served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, battalion S3 and S1. In 2001, he was reassigned to the 51st Maintenance Battalion, 21st Theater Support Command in Mannheim, Germany, where he served in the roles of deputy support operations officer and battalion S3, and deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2003, COL Rotante was reassigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he immediately joined the unit in Iraq as the brigade assistant S4. Upon redeployment, he remained in the brigade to command Alpha Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion and deployed the company for another tour to Iraq. COL Rotante’s next assignment was to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. There, he served as the support operations officer and group support battalion executive officer, and deployed with the battalion in support of two Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula rotations. Next, COL Rotante served as an exchange officer in the Joint Logistics Command of the Australian Defence Force. In this capacity, he was responsible for logistics coordination of disaster relief during the Brisbane floods in 2010 and Victoria fires in 2011, and was selected by the Director General of Supply Chain Operations and Plans to oversee the regional logistics support to the ADF National Counter-terrorism Response Plan. Following that assignment, COL Rotante served as the chief of staff for a joint special operations task force supporting the National Mission Force. From 2015 to 2017, COL Rotante commanded the Army Field Support Battalion - Alaska, headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and served as the senior Army Materiel Command representative in Alaska. Following battalion command, COL Rotante served as the assistant chief of staff - G4 for 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas and deployed with the division headquarters as the director of sustainment, CJ4, for the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command - Operation Inherent Resolve. COL Rotante most recently served as the acting director of the Assessments and Investments Directorate in the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Bronze Star Medals with, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals , three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal (5th Award), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon numeral 6, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
COL Rotante is married and has two children.