Guest Speaker Colonel Edward C. Rothstein
After the furling of the 7th Infantry Division (Light) colors in 1993, Col. Rothstein was assigned to 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, Md., where he served as assistant operations officer, company commander and battalion operations officer. In addition, Col. Rothstein was in the initial National Systems Development Program class in 1993.
Staying within the Military District of Washington area, Col. Rothstein served on the 1996 Presidential Inaugural Committee and then reported to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon where he served as a staff action officer.
Col. Rothstein was then assigned to the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion and V Corps where he served in both Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany, as the corps collection manager, ACE chief and battalion executive officer. While staying in Germany, Col. Rothstein moved to the European Command, Stuttgart serving in multiple staff positions.
In 2005, Col. Rothstein was selected to be the G2, 7th Infantry Division, and Fort Carson, Colo., that later re-flagged to Division West, 1st Army, and Fort Carson where he continued to serve as the senior intelligence officer. During his time at Fort Carson, Col. Rothstein deployed to Iraq with 10th Special Forces Group as part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula.
Col. Rothstein returned to Fort Meade in 2007 when he served in the Meade Operation Center at the National Security Agency and then as the military assistant to the director's science advisor until 2009. Prior to assuming duties as Fort Meade's garrison commander, Col. Rothstein deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 to Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) initially serving as the collection manager and later as the chief, Intelligence Operations Division.
His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lock Haven State University, a Masters of Human Resources from Webster University and a Masters of National Resource Management from the National Defense University. His professional military education includes Chemical Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Transition and Advance Course, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Col. Rothstein's personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and NATO Medal.