Rear Adm. Eric Ruttenberg is a native of Redondo Beach, California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was commissioned in 1988. He holds a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
His initial sea duty assignment was to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC 11), where he flew the UH/HH-46 and deployed aboard USS Flint (AE 32) during Desert Storm and aboard USS Kansas City (AOR 5) in support of both Operations Southern Watch and Restore Hope. Later he served at Fleet Composite Squadron Six (VC 6) in Patuxent River, Maryland as the safety department head, flying the Pioneer Unmanned Airborne Vehicle on surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Ashore, Ruttenberg served as the deputy director, Integrated Overhead SIGINT Architecture, Phase II Program Office, Technology Division at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia. In a subsequent tour, he served as executive officer at Navy Reserve (NR) Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) 0366 in Chantilly, Virginia. He then served as the Space and Network Warfare Program (SNWP) and the SNWP operations director, coordinating the integration of Space, C4ISR, and Network Operations Units with the Naval Security Reserve Group. Additionally, he served as U.S. Special Operations Command deputy J6X, supporting the acquisition of a multi-mission communication architecture supporting both the special operations and intelligence organizations.
His command tours include NR SPAWAR 0366 and NR SPAWAR 0866, supporting the SPAWAR Space Field Activity in Chantilly, Virginia; NR SPAWAR 0466, supporting the Program Executive Office for Space and the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office in San Diego, California; and Commander, Naval Information Forces Reserve, Region Washington DC. Most recently, Ruttenberg commanded NR SPAWAR HQ and served concurrently as director of the SPAWAR Reserve Program in San Diego, California.
Ruttenberg was the recipient of the 2003 Space and Network Warfare Program Junior Officer of the Year Award and was designated an Information Warfare Officer in 2011. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service, expeditionary, unit and campaign awards.