LTC John SchmittMilitary Deputy for AMRDEC
LTC John Schmitt serves as the Military Deputy in the
Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and
Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
A native of Lafayette, California, LTC Schmitt earned his
commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at
the University of California, Davis in 1999. He holds a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from
the University of California, Davis and earned a Master
of Science Degree in Microbiology and Immunology
from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2009.
His research and publications leveraged x-ray
crystallography for the structural determination and
functional analysis of protein neurotoxins.
His military education includes the Aviation Officer
Basic Course, the U.S. Army Rotary Wing Aviator
Course, the Electronic Warfare Officer’s Course, the
Army Airborne School, the Army Air Assault School, the
Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the UH-60
Maintenance Test Pilot Course, the Army Intermediate Program Manager’s Course, Army Acquisition
Basic Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College. LTC Schmitt is a Senior Army
Aviator and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps.
Prior to serving in the Acquisition Corps, he served as a UH-60 Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader in 9-
101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and participated in the invasion of Iraq in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Aviation Liaison Officer to
the 502nd Infantry Brigade during combat operations in Mosul, Iraq. Additionally, he served in D
Company 5-101st Aviation Regiment as the Aviation Unit Maintenance (AVUM) company commander in
both Tikrit, Iraq and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. LTC Schmitt also earned a position as Assistant Professor
while serving as instructor and course director within the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at
the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
His acquisition assignments include Assistant Product Manager in both the Transport and Special
Equipment Mission Aircraft program and product offices within the Fixed Wing Project Office, Assistant
Product Manager in the Apache Production and Fielding Product Office, and Assistant Program Manager,
Joint Multi-Role Technical Demonstration.
LTC Schmitt’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with
Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal Fourth Award, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Medal with Four
Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, Oversees Service Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Oak Leaf
Cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, and Combat Action Badge.