Craig “Romeo” Rith grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. Following graduation, he received his commission in the U.S. Air Force, and entered the year-long ‘Pipeline’ to become a Special Tactics Combat Controller, securing his ‘Red Beret’ in 1983.
With over 30 years of leadership experience in joint and combined special operations, he led our nation’s most elite, successful, and experienced ground combat operators, in a myriad of contingency operations. As a four-time commander within Special Tactics, he served in a number of high visibility leadership and staff officer positions, to include Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Deputy Commander, Combined/Joint Special Operations Task Force-South, in Afghanistan. Romeo is a proven program manager and leader, with a reputation for transforming diverse groups into cohesive, award-winning teams.
While serving as 720th Special Tactics Group Commander at Hurlburt Field, Florida, he championed a ground-breaking civil-military-academic partnership that built and delivered the world’s most advanced machine-to-machine joint terminal attack control system. This advanced technology is now used extensively on the modern battlefield, dramatically improving target acquisition and elimination, while saving lives, and reducing opportunity for fratricide. He also directed and managed a $23M six-year acquisition, research, and development effort aimed at reducing soldier combat loads by over 40%.
Romeo retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004, having served over 26 years and logging over 800 static-line and military freefall jumps. Immediately following retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a corporate program manager, involved in special operations and intelligence fusion on behalf of the Department of Defense. Romeo joined the Check-6 team in 2013, and is currently serving as a Coach on the European team of EMEA.