Watervliet Arsenal

Senior Leaders


Col. Earl B. Schonberg Jr.

Col. Earl B. Schonberg Jr. assumed duties as the 61st Commander of Watervliet Arsenal on July 21, 2020. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1996 via the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was branch detailed and became a Logistician (Quartermaster) in 1998.

His previous key staff assignments include: Executive Officer to the Director of Hypersonics, Space, and Rapid Acquisition (ASA/ALT); Military Deputy to the Director of Operations and Readiness, AMC; Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Sustainment Command; Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Sustainment Command; Battalion Commander, Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait; Mission Support Branch Chief, Defense Logistics Agency; Joint Logistics Operations Officer, Defense Logistics Agency; Battalion Executive Officer, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 10th Sustainment Brigade; Deputy Support Operations Officer, 10th Sustainment Brigade; General Supply Officer, 10th Sustainment Brigade; Battalion Executive Officer, 3-381st CS/CSS(AC/RC); Battalion Operations Officer, 3-381st CS/CSS(AC/RC); Brigade Maintenance Observer Controller (Goldminers), National Training Center; Company Commander, A Company, 26th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd BDE, 3rd Infantry Division; Assistant Brigade S-4, 2nd BDE, 3rd Infantry Division; Protocol Officer, HQs Stabilization Force (SFOR), Bosnia-Herzegovina; Company Executive Officer, A Company, 101st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Class IX Platoon Leader, 101st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Tank Platoon Leader, C Company, 1st Battalion 34th Armor, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Supply and Services Management Officers Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Support Operations Officers Course, Command and General Staff College and Joint Professional Military Education Phase II (JPME-II), and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Masters in Management from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Col. Schonberg’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal(4), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal(2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon(2), and NATO Medal. He is also a recipient of the MG Aubrey “Red” Newman Award (FORSCOM), Order of St. Martin (Silver), The Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe, The Order of St. Christopher, and The International Society of Logistics (Demonstrated Master Logistician).

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