Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Schexnayder
LTC Robert Schexnayder was commissioned in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. His first duty assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S3 Air Officer in 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. While at Fort Bragg, LTC Schexnayder deployed to Panama for Operation JUNGLE PANTHER and to Albania and Kosovo for Operations NOBLE ANVIL and JOINT GUARDIAN.
Following attendance at the Infantry Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, LTC Schexnayder was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, New York. His first assignment was as the Brigade S3 Plans Officer for 1st Brigade. In 2001, LTC Schexnayder took command of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. He later took command of the Division’s Long Range Surveillance Detachment (Airborne). While at Fort Drum, LTC Schexnayder deployed to Bosnia for Operation JOINT FORGE and Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2004, LTC Schexnayder was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander, 4th Ranger Training Battalion.
LTC Schexnayder attended the Command and General Staff College, and from 2007-2008 he attended the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following graduation in 2008, LTC Schexnayder returned to the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum. He served as a Division G3 Future Operations Planner and later served as Battalion Executive Officer for 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment. In 2011, he became the Division Secretary of the General Staff. Finally, in 2012, LTC Schexnayder became the Division G5, Chief of Plans. In his second tour at Fort Drum, LTC Schexnayder deployed twice to Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
LTC Schexnayder has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the United States Military Academy and Masters of Military Arts and Science (Theater Operations) from the School of Advance Military Studies. His awards and decorations include: the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Air Assault Badge. His foreign awards include the French National Defense Medal, German Jump Wings, Polish Jump Wings, Russian Jump Wings, and Venezuelan Jump Wings.