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West Point commander chosen as next Bluefield city manager

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Col. Dane Rideout, photo: westpoint.army.mil Col. Dane Rideout, photo: westpoint.army.mil
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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The current Garrison Commander at West Point has been chosen to become Bluefield's new city manager.

Col. Dane D. Rideout was approved unanimously by the City Board of Directors during Tuesday's regular meeting.

Rideout was among 75 candidates who applied for the position. He succeeds Jim Ferguson who announced his resignation in February.

Rideout, who has no ties to the area, is expected to begin in mid-August.

Following is Rideout's biography, as published at www.westpoint.army.mil:

Colonel Dane D. Rideout is a former enlisted Marine and 1990 graduate of Ball State University. Branched Aviation, COL Rideout was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea where he served in various company and battalion level positions. Following Korea, COL Rideout was assigned to 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY where he served an S-3 Air and Battalion S-1 before assuming command of a UH-60 Company. Upon completion of command in 1997, COL Rideout was then assigned to the USMA, Department of Military Instruction as the Chief, Cadet Advanced Training and later helped stand up the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.

In 2001, COL Rideout branch detailed into Human Resources and was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, CO. In November of 2002 he deployed as the J-1 for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - North and by early 2003 was on the ground in Northern Iraq supporting combat operations across the Iraq northern front. In July 2003, COL Rideout was selected to serve as the J-1, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart, Germany. While assigned, he deployed in support of counter terrorist operations for the Summer Olympics in Greece and directed HR operations for Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara in Northern Africa. In 2007, COL Rideout was then assigned to "the center of the universe" Fort Bragg, NC. After a short tour as the Deputy of the 14th Human Resources Sustainment Center, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Division G-1. Deploying with the Division to Afghanistan as the CJTF-82/Regional Command East J-1, he was responsible for the planning, coordination and synchronization of all Human Resource assets. Following this deployment, he then was assigned to his most recent assignment as the G-1 for the United States Army Special Operations Command.

COL Rideout's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. He is a senior rated Aviator, Airborne and Air Assault qualified.


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