Captain Charles L. RuddekCaptain Charles L. Ruddek is a Professor of Aerospace Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.

Capt. Ruddek received his commission from Officer Training School in 2014. Immediately afterwards, he attended Intelligence Officer training at Goodfellow AFB, TX. As an Intelligence Officer, Capt. Ruddek’s first assignment was to Scott Air Force Base in support of AMC/A2. At AMC, Capt. Ruddek initially worked as a CENTCOM Geopolitical Analyst, then as a member of the Threat Working Group. In this role, he facilitated Intelligence assessments informing global AMC operations.

Next, he became the Chief of Strategy and Policy, where he managed long-term threat mitigation for the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, C-20, C-21, C-32, C-37 and C-40, affecting nearly 49,000 active-duty military and civilians, 42,000 Air Reserve Component military and 35,000 Air National Guard members.

Afterwards, Capt. Ruddek moved to Wright-Patterson AFB, where he spent a year as an Intelligence Advisor for the Air Force Research Laboratory and was the acting Wing Senior Intelligence Officer at the 711th Human Performance Wing for six months. In this role, he served as ISR focal point for three US installations, providing guidance and industrial security oversight for 2,000 military/civilian personnel and a $250M research and development portfolio.

Next, Capt. Ruddek became the Commander of the Directed Energy Weapons Flight at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, where he supervised 30 personnel (a mixed DoD workforce) to create national-level intelligence assessments broadcast to 854K members of DoD intelligence community. In this role, he chaired three Continuous Process Improvement Events and facilitated Agile Development strategy to seamlessly incorporate groundbreaking data-science principles into the existing production workflow, successfully executing the largest change to the mission in 30 years.

  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts, Literature, University of Maryland University College
  • 2009 - Master of Science, Distance Education Technology, University of Maryland University College
  • 2011 - Graduate Certificate, Financial Planning, Kaplan University
  • 2018 - Squadron Officer School (Outstanding Contributor, Innovation Team Finalist)
  • 1998 - Lackland AFB, Texas; Basic Military Training
  • 1999 - Ft Gordon, Ga.; Technical Training, Satellite/Wideband Systems
  • 1999 - Tinker AFB, Okla.; Technician, 31st Combat Communications Squadron
  • 2003 - Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea; Satellite/Wideband Technician, 604 ASOS
  • 2004 - McGuire AFB, N.J.; Maintenance Support Evaluator, 621 AMOS
  • 2006 - Ghedi AB, Italy; Flight NCOIC, Communications MX
  • 2008 - Andersen AB, Guam; NCOIC, Combat Readiness School, 644 CBCS
  • 2011 - SHAPE, Belgium; NATO Satellite Controller
  • 2013 - Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Officer Trainee
  • 2014 - Goodfellow AFB, Texas; Intelligence Analyst Training Course
  • 2014 - Scott AFB, Ill.; Intelligence Analyst, AMC/AIS
  • 2017 - WPAFB, Ohio; Acting SIO, 711 HPW
  • 2018 - WPAFB, Ohio; NASIC, Commander, Directed Energy Weapons Flight, MASINT Analysis Squadron
  • 2011 - SHAPE, Belgium; NATO Satellite Controller
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • USAF Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • USAF Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • USAF Achievement Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • 2019 CGO of the Year, MASINT Analysis Squadron
  • Second Lieutenant - Feb. 11, 2014
  • First Lieutenant - Feb. 11, 2016
  • Captain - Feb. 11, 2018