Colonel R.J. Rouse of the United States Air Force received the Alumni Award of Distinction during Alumni Weekend at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., April 25-27.
Since 2001, Rouse has served as Chief in the Personnel Programs Division in the Directorate of Personnel of the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Currently, she is responsible for supervising and directing all personnel programs for the Air Combat Command, which includes more than 108,500 active duty military, civilians and their families in all 50 states and 17 foreign countries.
Her division is responsible for implementing Air Force programs concerning promotion, awards and decorations, readiness, retirement, education and training, enlisted professional military education and family programs.
After graduating magna cum laude from William Woods in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, Rouse enlisted in the Air Force. She attended Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas.
Following her commission, she was stationed at Osan Air Base in Korea, where she served as the Executive Officer for the Deputy Commander for Operations/Chief of Protocol in the 314th Division until July 1981.
For the next 10 years, Rouse had assignments as executive officer, adjutant, section commander and director of base administration.
Rouse has received a number of major awards and decorations, including: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Achievement Medal.
She has been promoted six times, from Second Lieutenant in 1980 to her present rank of Colonel in 2002.
In addition, her record includes commanding a military personnel flight, as well as a mission support squadron, and serving as the chief of operations in the Selection Board Secretariat.
In her 23 years of service, she has been stationed in a variety of locations, including: Korea, Florida, Panama, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia.
Rouse received her master of science in public administration from Golden Gate University in 1985. Other education includes: Squadron Officer School, 1985, Air Command and Staff College, 1995, and Air War College, 1998.
Rouse is a native of Springfield, Mass., and has three children: Jennifer, Megan and Adam. Her husband was a retired Lieutenant Colonel F-16 Pilot who died in 1995.
The Alumni Award of Distinction was first presented in 1952 and honors an alumnus who has achieved national or international recognition in his or her chosen field.