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Commanding General, 28th Infantry Division

On 15 April 2016, Major General Andrew P. Schafer Jr. assumed command of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, an Infantry Division consisting of 14,000 Soldiers, four major subordinate commands and 23 battalions, stationed in over 100 communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Tennessee and equipped with over 5,500 tracked and wheeled vehicles and over 60 attack, utility, and cargo rotary wing aircraft. He is responsible for the execution of readiness programs with special emphasis on strength management, personnel, intelligence, training, logistics, facilities and communications readiness.

General Schafer was commissioned in 1983 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the First ROTC Region Advance Camp, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was assigned to several company commander positions and various staff officer positions within the Pennsylvania National Guard. General Schafer assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 103rd Armor and deployed to central Europe as part of the Task Force Keystone for Force Protection. He served as the Division’s G4 and participated in Operation Bright Star in Egypt. General Schafer served as the Deputy Commander of both the 55th Brigade and the 56th Brigade. He was mobilized in 2008 to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 56th Stryker Brigade. Prior to his present assignment he served as Commander of the 56th Stryker Brigade.