Rear Admiral Gary Rosholt, the son of a career U.S. Air Force officer, was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 106 in February 1980.
Tours in Naval Special Warfare include operational assignments with Underwater Demolition Team 12, SEAL Team 1, and Special Boat Unit 20. Rosholt's shore duty assignment was with the Chief of Naval Technical Training where he also completed his Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
In the Reserve Component, Rosholt served in staff positions with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, White Oak; OPNAV (N851); and, as a Navy emergency preparedness liaison officer with the director of Military Support and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. He commanded five Navy Reserve Units: Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Norfolk Detachment 406; Special Boat Unit 20; Naval Special Warfare Unit Four; U.S Special Operations Command Detachment 108; and Naval Special Warfare Command headquarters.
Promoted to Rear Admiral in October 2008 and returning to active duty, Rosholt served as the deputy commanding general for Special Operations Command, Central Command, and is currently assigned as the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché with the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In his earlier civilian career, Rosholt was a consultant focusing on Special Operations-peculiar research, development, and acquisition programs. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer by the Commonwealth of Virginia.