Major General Robert (Bob) E. Schulte served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, North Dakota Army National Guard, in Bismarck, North Dakota. His responsibilities included assisting the adjutant general in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans affecting the 4,100 members of the North Dakota Army National Guard.
General Schulte was born December 8, 1936, in Carroll, Iowa. He graduated from the South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1959. He attended the Close Combat Course and Day and Night Infiltration Course in 1960; the Armor Officer Basic Course in 1960; Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course in 1960; Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Phase II in 1961; National Guard Rotary Wing Standardization Course in 1969; The Engineer Officer Basic Correspondence (non-resident) in 1969; Engineer Officer Career Course in 1971 and Command and General Staff (resident and non-resident) in 1977.
General Schulte began his military career when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at SDSU on Dec. 18, 1959. He served on active duty as an officer from March 13, 1960 until Mar. 1, 1963. He completed the Armor Officer Basic Course - Ft. Knox, Kentucky and was assigned as a platoon leader with Co C, 1st Bn, 6th Armd Cav at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He attended the Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course - Camp Wolters, Texas, and was a Rotary Wing Aviator until his release from active duty as a First Lieutenant. Upon his release from active duty, General Schulte was a member of the United States Army Reserve Control Group until Oct. 31, 1963. General Schulte was appointed as a Chief Warrant Officer Two in the North Dakota Army National Guard on Nov. 1, 1963 and served as a Helicopter Pilot in various aviation positions until September 19, 1967. He was reappointed as a First Lieutenant on Sept. 20, 1967 and continued to serve in aviation positions until Nov. 30, 1972. He has served as a Company Commander and in various staff positions with engineer units of the North Dakota Army National Guard. In August, 1980 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as a Battalion Commander for five years with the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion of the North Dakota Army National Guard. Of special significance during his tenure as a Battalion Commander is that his battalion was the first in the North Dakota Army National Guard to participate in combined arms training. Because of General Schulte's pursuit of excellence in training, the use of combined arms training is one of the primary facets of training utilized by the North Dakota Army National Guard, which has increased the State's combat readiness posture. In Aug. 1985, General Schulte was promoted to Colonel, and assigned as the Commander of the 164th Engineer Group, North Dakota Army National Guard. He served as Group Commander until July 6, 1988. On July 7, 1988 General Schulte was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for the State of North Dakota. General Schulte was promoted and federally recognized as a brigadier general on July 1, 1989.
The general's military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 Hour Glass Device; National Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Medal; Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; Master Army Aviator Badge. The general's civic affiliations include the National Guard Association of the United States; National Guard Association of North Dakota; Mandan Lions Club; Mandan Elks; Knights of Columbus; American Legion; Mandan Chamber of Commerce; Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club; National Rifle Association; Capital City Gun Club and Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
In civilian life, General Schulte was vice-president of Operations, Cloverdale Foods Company in Mandan, North Dakota.