People on the Move – Army Distaff Foundation Board Names New President

The Army Distaff Foundation, Inc. announced that Major General (Ret.) Stephen T. Rippe, U.S. Army, has been named President of the Foundation and Knollwood, a military retirement residence. In this role, he will be responsible for the leadership of Knollwood, the Foundation development, philanthropic outreach, and strategic initiatives.
“The Army Distaff Foundation is honored to welcome Steve and to build on the many achievements he has accomplished over the years,” said Board of Directors President Lieutenant General (Ret.) David H. Ohle, U.S. Army. “His experience with non-profit management, combined with his background in development will be a great benefit to this organization.”
Since 2008, General Rippe has served as the Vice President, Middle East Operations for L-3 Communications, Inc., in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. As head of the Middle East corporate office for the sixth largest defense company in the U.S., he was responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and identification of business opportunities.
Previously, General Rippe served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw and directed the management of the internal and external affairs of the Foundation. The Foundation is the governance body and operating structure for the Washington National Cathedral, National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Albans School for Boys. Prior to his appointment at the Foundation, General Rippe enjoyed 29 years of military service. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Norwich University and was commissioned in infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate. A graduate of the National War College, 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’s expertise is recognized by membership in both the Honorable Orders of St. Barbara (Artillery) and St. George (Armor).
General Rippe will be based at the Army Distaff Foundation offices at Knollwood, a military retirement residence in northwest Washington, DC. A resident of the District of Columbia, he is married to Kate Rice.
About the Army Distaff Foundation/Knollwood
The Army Distaff Foundation, Inc. was established in 1959 to create affordable retirement housing and health care services for Army officers’ widows. Under the leadership of Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower, Officers’ Wives’ Clubs worldwide raised funds, and the Army Distaff Hall opened in 1962. In 1989, the name was changed to Knollwood when admission was extended to retired career officers, from all uniformed services, and their female relatives. Today, Knollwood, supported by the Army Distaff Foundation, is an elegant continuing care retirement community and home to more than 300 residents, regardless of financial resources. Learn more at

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