Col Wade D. Rupper

Commander, 251 Cyber Engineering Installation Group

Col Wade D. Rupper

Colonel Wade D. Rupper is currently the Commander of the 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group, Ohio Air National Guard, Springfield, Ohio.  He is responsible for leading a 925 member Air Combat Command gained communications cyberspace group which is tasked with oversight of seven Engineering Installation Squadrons, one Combat Communication Squadron and their affiliated personnel in support of the National Command Authority for units located within six states.  Col Rupper is accountable for the day-to-day operations of the group, contingency operational tasking support, and annually overseeing 200 plus Title 10 and T32 organic infrastructure build and extend enhancement projects.   He ensures the group ready to deploy in order to meet their wartime requirements within 72-hours of tasking.  Additionally, Col Rupper also serves on the Air National Guard Director’s Field Advisory Council (ADFAC) lead for EI and Combat Communications as ANG Weapons Systems Chairman addressing operational, resourcing and policy opportunities.  Col Rupper is responsible for all facets of organize, train and equipping of EI forces currently supporting 8 Joint Chiefs of Staff Combatant Commanders with exceptional theater cyberspace infrastructure and sustainment of build and extend services saving US taxpayers over 65% per project when compared to equivalent providers.

Colonel Rupper’s numerous assignments include: Cyberspace Engineering Group Commander, Cyberspace Security, Economic Development, and Education Board Member – Governor Appointee – Governor’s Executive Board – State of Ohio (Founding member and the Joint Active, Guard and Reserve Military Representative for Ohio), Cyberspace Engineering Installation Vice Commander, Combat Communications Group Vice Commander, Combat Communications Group Director of Operations, Combat Communications Group Director of Logistics, Numbered Air Force Director of Operations, NGB/A6 Crisis Action Team Director (ONE, OEF, and ODS/ODS),  Expeditionary Communications Squadron Commander, Squadron Communication-Computer Systems Officer and Logistics Readiness Officer.  He enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard in 1983.

Col Rupper has served as JTF/J6, JECG/J6 and JTF/CC during multiple JCS sponsored USSTRACOM, EUCOM, AFSPC and ACC exercises conducted during the 2004-2018 timeframe.  In 2010, Col Rupper served as the Director of Current Operations, Headquarters 3AF/A6 overseeing all JCS, EUCOM and USAFE supported expeditionary communications taskings.  In 2005, Col Rupper was assigned as US Northern Command deployed JTF/J-6 Future Plans Officer directly supporting Title 10 Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts.   Col Rupper adeptly served as Commander of the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Al Jaber AB, Kuwait.  During this deployment, the 332ECS was responsible for all communications customer requirements for the coalition and joint base of 8,500 personnel at both Al Jaber Air Base and Kuwait City International Airport. Col Rupper was selected ANG/A6 Crisis Action Team Director from 14 Sep 2001 – 28 Feb 2002 overseeing all reserve component EC&I and ATCS activation requirements in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  He also deployed as NGB CAT/A6 OIC during Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM from Jan-Apr 1991.  Since 2007, Col Rupper has been a voting member of the NGB/A6 Cyberspace and Expeditionary Cyberspace Weapons Systems Council and has been Chairman since 2016.

Col Rupper is married to the former Teresa Suzanne Comer of Kettering, Ohio, and they are the proud parents of three daughters – Meghan, Molly, and Madelyn.  The family resides in Kettering, Ohio.


National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace, Post-Graduate Cyber Leaders Cert, 2018
Masters of Strategic Studies, Air War College In-residence program, 2010
Air War College, Diploma, 2006
Air Command and Staff College, Diploma, 1997
Squadron Officer School, Diploma, 1994
Bachelor of Business Administration, Wright State University, 1988
Associate of Science – Administrative Management, CCAF, 1988


1983- 1987:  Administrative Staff Support Specialist, 269CBCS, S-B MAP, OH
1987- 1989:  Logistics Plans and Programs NCO, 251CCG, S-B MAP, OH
1989-1991:   Logistics Plans and Programs Officer, 251CCG, S-B MAP, OH
1991-2005:  Communications Computer Systems Officer, 269CBCS, S-B MAP, OH
2005-2005:  Communications Computer Systems, Director of Logistics, 251CCG, S-B MAP, OH
2005- 2007: Communications Computer Systems, Director of Operations, 251CCG, S-B MAP, OH
2007- 2009:  Communications Computer Systems, Vice Commander, 251CCG, S-B MAP, OH
2009- 2010:  Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL (Sr. ANG Representative and Horizons Association Board of Governors)
2009- Present: Cyberspace Operations Commander (P*), 251CEIG, S-B MAP, OH
P* – Provisional Group Commander 2009-2014
2016- Commander of the 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and 12 Devices
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with 1 device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon/Gold Border with 1 Cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 “M” Devices


Technical Sergeant – November 1988
Second Lieutenant – February 1989
First Lieutenant – February 1991
Captain – March 1993
Major – May 1997
Lt Colonel – May 2004
Colonel – April 2008

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