CDR Rutherford is a native of Sarahsville, Ohio and Okinawa, Japan. He is an intelligence officer serving as the Operations Officer for ONI 1992. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, Master of Science Degree in Education from Kansas State University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air University, Maxwell AFB. He is also a graduate of the Defense Strategic Debriefing Course, Fort Huachuca, AZ and the Maritime Staff Operators Course at Naval War College, Newport, RI.
His officer career started with the Ohio National Guard in 1997 after graduating from OCS with follow on training at US Army Armor School for his Officer Basic Course. His first platoon assignment was with Bravo Company 1-107th Calvary, 37th Armor Brigade, in 1997. In 2002, he became the Company Commander for HHC 384th Military Police Battalion (EPW/IR). In March 2003, CPT Rutherford did his first mobilization to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba as the Headquarters Company Commander for HHC 384th MP Battalion for the Joint Detention Operations Group, JTF GTMO.
In July 2004, upon returning from his tour with JTF GTMO, CDR Rutherford affiliated with the Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) 1992 at National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson AFB. In December 2009, CDR Rutherford completed an active duty tour in Naples Italy with Commander Sixth Fleet. Following his tour in Italy, CDR Rutherford was mobilized to Baghdad, Iraq serving as an executive officer and branch chief with Joint Intelligence Operation Center, US Forces Iraq until October, 2010. He completed the in-resident JPME Phase I at Army Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and in-resident JPME Phase II at Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base Montgomery, Alabama.
In his civilian career he is the Program Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. As Director of the Business Programs, serves as a key member of the State Director’s staff, participating fully in the planning, development, and implementation of program policies and operation procedures and systems applicable to the overall Agency program.