Colonel Ed Croot is an Army special forces officer from Long Valley, NJ and currently the Chief of Staff for 1st Special Forces Command, the Army’s largest division-level command with over 23,000 military personnel at Fort Bragg, NC. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. Business / B.S. Psychology), Army School of Advanced Military Studies (M.A. Theater Level Operations), and Kansas State University (M.S. Education).
COL Croot joined the Army in 1995, earning his commission through ROTC. He has commanded at the company and battalion level and served on operational assignments in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Yemen, Zambia, Iraq, Bangladesh, South Korea and Jordan. He has interagency and policy experience from two U.S. embassy assignments in Sanaa (Yemen) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) and multinational experience on both a UN and NATO staff. He has focused on national security threats in the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa for over 25 years. Most recently as a Fellow at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, he won the U.S. Army War College 2020 Special Operations Research and Writing Award for his work titled "There is an Identity Crisis in Special Forces". Ed and his wife Tracy have two sons, Scout and Zach, a daughter Kaylee, and live in Fayetteville, NC.
Contact Ed at [email protected] To learn more about Ed's research project, and hear a Podcast discussion with the 1st SFC Commanding General, please visit the WarRoom here: https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/podcasts/sfcom-culture/