STEPHEN T. RIPPEMajor General (Ret) USA | Chief Executive Officer | Armed Forces Retirement Home
Stephen T. Rippe, Major General (Ret), U.S. Army, was appointed as chief executive officer, Armed Forces Retirement Home, in November 2017. General Rippe’s primary focus is on strategic planning, new revenue streams to support AFRH in the future, and the morale and welfare of residents and staff.
General Rippe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position, including four years as President and CEO of The Army Distaff Foundation (ADF) and the Knollwood Continuing Care Retirement Community in Washington, DC. ADF and Knollwood support retired officers and their families in a setting similar to AFRH.
He served as a Trustee on the Norwich University Governing Board from 2006 until 2021. Additionally, he serves as a Special Adviser to the David Lynch Foundation’s Center for Excellence in Military Health.
Previously, General Rippe served as the Vice President, Middle East Operations, for L-3 Communications, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Prior to assuming his role with L-3 Communications, General Rippe served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is the governing body and operating structure for the Washington National Cathedral, National Cathedral School, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir: National Cathedral Elementary School.
Prior to his position at the Cathedral Foundation, General Rippe enjoyed 29 years of military service. He received a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Norwich University and was commissioned in the infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
A graduate of the National War College, he served as a ranger, parachute and aviation-qualified infantry officer. He earned a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Advanced Military Studies Program. The recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, General Rippe is recognized by membership in both the Honorable Orders of St. Barbara (Artillery) and St. George (Armor).
General Rippe is a resident of the District of Columbia, and he is married to Kate Rice.