Harry Rothmann

Colonel (Ret) Rothmann served as an active duty Army officer for over twenty-nine years. He is a 1967 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Upon being commissioned in the Infantry, he served in numerous troop duty assignments in airborne, infantry and ranger organizations, both as a commander and staff officer. These included platoon and company command in combat, and company command and battalion/ brigade operations and training staff officer positions in Vietnam, Germany, and the United States from 1968 to 1980. In 1985 he assumed command and supervised the reconstitution of the 3rd Battalion, 502d Infantry (Air Assault), which had been decimated in the Gander, Newfoundland air disaster.

Colonel (Ret) Rothmann also served on the Army and Joint Staff. From 1982-1985 he was a principal staff officer for NATO and European war planning on the Army Staff. In that position he made recommendations to the Chief of Staff on war plan development and NATO defense issues. From 1990 to 1993, he served as a Strategic Planner for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). In that capacity he participated in or led efforts on the development of the National Military Strategy, the Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan, and the Roles and Missions Report. During this time he advised the CJCS on the military strategy for Desert Shield/Desert Storm and other defense issues. As a representative for the CJCS, he traveled extensively to the US Combatant Commands to discuss military strategy and defense policy issues.

Colonel (Ret) Rothmann also taught Military History at West Point from 1976-1979, was the Army Chief of Staff personal representative at the National War College from 1993 to 1994, and lectured and taught strategy and operations there. Upon his retirement in 1996 he held the position of Chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College.

Colonel Rothmann currently resides in New York with his wife Susan Flaherty Rothmann, and has three sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren.

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