Active Duty Army since 1998
LTC Eli Ruesink enlisted in the United States Army in 1998 and served as a Combat Medic in the 82nd Airborne Division until he was accepted, and then attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in 2000. He then graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in 2005.
His operational assignments include duties as a Platoon Leader and HHC Executive Officer in 3-8 CAV, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. After completing the Infantry Captain's Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he commanded Alpha Company, 4-70 AR and the Brigade Reconnaissance Troop of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Smith Barracks in Baumholder, Germany. From 2015-2019, he served in the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, as the Division Chief of Training and Deputy G-3, followed by key developmental positions as the Battalion S3 in 1-30 IN, followed by serving as the Brigade S3 for the Spartans of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
His deployments include Operation Iraqui Freedom (2006-2008) as a platoon leader, and Operation Enduring Freedom (2011-2012) as a Troop Commander.
Between operational assignments, LTC Ruesink participated in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Internship Program from 2012-2015, where he served on the Chairman's Action Group as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) within the engagements and outreach team. He also served a second tour on the Joint Staff from 2019-2021 as the Editor and Special Assistant to the CJCS.
In addition to his bachelor's degree in Human Regional Geography, with a minor in Enviornmental Science, from West Point, he has a master's degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.
LTC Ruesink is married to Carol Ruesink, of El Segundo, California, and they have two daughters, Laura and Tessa.