Roger SchultzRoger Schultz is a man dedicated to his country and the people he serves. Roger served 42 years in the military last serving as the Director of the Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, DC. Roger joined UNITECH in 2005 as the Senior Vice President of Army Operations.
As Director of the Army National Guard, Mr. Schultz guided the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard. He assumed duties as the Director on June 1, 1998. He led the largest deployment of National Guard Soldiers since the WWII mobilizations, was responsible for a $10.5B budget, 350,000 Soldiers, and organizational change that will set the stage in the Guard for the next 20 years.
He was the first Army Guard director to put on the three stars of a lieutenant general. Mr. Schultz was promoted to that rank on June 13, 2001, after Congress approved the three-star rank for the heads of all seven reserve forces.
The seven years that Mr. Schultz served is the longest time that a director has served the Army Guard. Gen. Eric Shinseki, former Army chief of staff, made it possible for Roger to become the Army Guard’s longest-serving director in April 2003 when he authorized him to remain for two additional years.
The General’s active military service began in 1963. He was commissioned an infantry officer following Officer Candidate School. Mr. Schultz served most of his time in Iowa culminating as the Deputy Adjutant General, Iowa National Guard prior to his Washington DC assignment. One of his assignments, Mr. Schultz served as the Deputy Director for Military Support on the Department of the Army Staff. In that capacity, Mr. Schultz was responsible for coordinating all Department of Defense military support to civilian authorities, to include disaster relief operations.
Mr. Schultz led a Tiger Team focusing on improving the WMD response capability within DoD. The team was tasked to identify vital response activities and capabilities demanded of the Department of Defense in a weapons of mass destruction attack. Under his leadership, the team developed a prototype that also better integrates Reserve Component capabilities into emergency responses. Soon every state and territory in the Nation will have these teams available for state or national level duty.
He earned a Silver Star while serving as a rifle platoon leader with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He has received numerous other awards and decorations to include the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
A quote from Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army’s chief of staff epitomizes the professional caliber and management capabilities of Mr. Schultz : “In so much that he has done, Roger Schultz has worked to build a seamless union in the active and reserve components. He’s helped bring us to the point in our Army’s history where the relationship between the states and the National Guard Bureau and the active Army is the best it’s ever been.”
Mr. Schultz is an instrument rated Civilian Aviator and holds a Commercial Pilot rating in both single and multiengine aircraft.
Mr. Schultz has a B.S. degree in Management from Upper Iowa University and a MPA degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.