Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Col. Ronald P. Fitch Jr. was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an engineer officer following graduation from Pennsylvania State University in January 1995. His engineer assignments include platoon leader in the 536th Engineer Battalion, Fort Kobbe, Panama; company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Castle, Republic of Korea; and G3 plans officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Fitch graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2001 and served as the ODA 745 Detachment commander, AS3, Bravo Company commander and battalion S3 in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); group personnel and group operations officer, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); JOC chief, J35, and J3 in the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan; assistant chief of staff G3, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne); and commander, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Fitch has deployed throughout the NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM theaters and to Afghanistan with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Fitch’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Korean Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, Paraguayan, Colombian and Venezuelan Airborne Wings.
He is a graduate of Airborne School; Air Assault School; Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Special Forces Qualification Course; Survival, Escape, Evasion and Resistance (SERE) School; Ranger School; Jumpmaster School; Special Forces Underwater Operations Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Command and General Staff College and Army War College. Fitch holds a Professional Engineer Registration in the State of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.