Chief of Staff

Col. Rory Crooks

Col. Rory Crooks hails from Spokane, WA, and commissioned as a field artillery officer from Washington State University in 1994. He served his company grade years in Alaska and Fort Lewis, Washington, as an Airborne and Ranger Company fire support officer respectively. Following the Field Artillery Advanced Course, he served in Korea as an Armor Battalion FSO; Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Commander of a Paladin BN; and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Commander, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery.

Col. Crooks transferred overseas duty stations to be an Observer-Coach/Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, before becoming an Field Artillery Captain Career Course Instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. From Fort Sill, he deployed with XVIII Airborne Corps to Balad, Iraq, to help establish the first operational counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar system. He moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to be an operations officer at the Center for Army Lessons Learned, leading teams forward in Iraq and Afghanistan to capture insights. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2007, he joined 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and deployed to Baqubah, Iraq, as the SBCT FSO. Col. Crooks then served as the BN S-3 of 1-37 FA within the brigade, deploying the BN to Baqubah again as its executive officer and acting commander in 2009.

Col. Crooks returned to JBLM and transitioned to be the group FSO and deputy commanding officer of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He deployed to be the J35 as the Group assumed headquarters of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. Col. Crooks took command of 1-37 FA in 2011, deploying the battalion to Afghanistan where it operated in Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Zabul Provinces.

Following command, he served as the U.S. Strategic Command Director to the Fires Center of Excellence Commanding General at Fort Sill before attending the U.S. Army War College in 2015. Upon graduation, Col. Crooks became the Director of the International Fellows Program at the War College. He commanded the 1st Infantry Division Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas, from 2017-19, conducting three Warfighter Exercises and one Joint Warfighting Assessment in Germany. He joined the NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan after command for a short tour before returning to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, to serve as the Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command.

Col. Crooks currently serves as the V Corps Chief of Staff. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, a master’s in military arts and sciences, and a master’s in strategic studies from the Army War College. COL Crooks and his wife, Lt. Col. (Ret) Lisa Crooks, have two children.
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