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Release No: 364-96
June 18, 1996


Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the designation of Rear Adm. Richard W. Schneider, as the Coast Guard member on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, retroactive to June 1, 1996. Schneider currently serves as the Senior Reserve Officer, Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principle policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Schneider graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1968, where he served as a regimental commander and sailing master for the barque EAGLE. His eight years of active Coast Guard service included a year in Vietnam on board the Coast Guard cutter DALLAS and teaching assignments at Officer Candidate School and the Coast Guard Academy. He left active service in 1976 to accept a position as executive officer of the College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware, continuing his Coast Guard career in the Reserve. His decorations include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medal as well as various unit and campaign awards.

Schneider holds a masters degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Delaware. In civilian life, he currently serves as president, Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.,

Admiral Schneider is a widower with four daughters, Christie, Kim, Amy and Dawn.


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