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
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.