MG Rich C. Staats (Photo by Steven Johnston)
Major General (MG) Rich Staats is the Commanding General for the 75th Innovation Command. He is also assigned as the Mobilization DCG for Division West, First Army for the Fort Hood force generation site. MG Staats has direct lines of responsibility to the III Corps, the First Army, and to the US Army Reserve Command in this role.
MG Staats was commissioned at the United States Military Academy and served in increasing positions of responsibility over the next 34 years of commissioned service including six commands at every level from company commander to commanding general and commanded more than 38,000 Soldiers in the course of these assignments that spanned fourteen years in command. MG Staats served overseas in five of these commands including service in active combat zones for three of them. MG Staats has served in a number of Joint and Interagency assignments and support including: the Joint Staff, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Foreign Service Institute, and Multinational Force Iraq. MG Staats was the first Senior Fellow for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group.
His military awards include: the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. MG Staats was also awarded the Polish Medal of Distinction and the US State Department Superior Honor Award for actions in combat. He is authorized to wear both the Army and Joint Staff badges. MG Staats has attend a number of military schools including: the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced Course (honor graduate for both), Intermediate Level Education, Command and General Staff College (Pershing Award winner/top graduate), and the US Army War College. BG Staats also graduated from the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Officer course and the US Air Force Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course for non-pilots.
MG Staats’ degrees include a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied as a Hertz Fellow. He has contributed to six books and dozens of articles ranging in topics from artificial intelligence and world and society building to game design and the theoretical value of information. In 1996, the European Engineering Society named Dr. Staats as one of the top 100 information engineers.
In his role as a Citizen-Soldier, Dr. Staats served for over 25 years as a contributor at a various "Think Tanks" in the DC area culminating in being the Director of a $100M program supporting the DoD. MG Staats is a Distinguished Fellow for the Institute for Stability and Transition and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the parent organization for the Texas A&M University system.
MG Staats is married to beloved Ann Staats (formerly Klughammer), and they are blessed with five children: Kathy (a medical doctor), Liz (a chef), Ben (a former Marine and CEO of his own company), Chloe (marketing graduate from University of Maryland), and Chris (who aspires to be an Army JAG). Beloved Ann is a high school teacher of English as a Second Language, and she is an award winning children’s author.