COL Bryan D. Schott
COL Bryan D. Schott was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery on 30 July 1997 following graduation from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His first assignment was with the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany where he served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and Battalion Adjutant. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Captain's Career Course, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Upon arrival, he served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer in 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer in the 101st DIVARTY, and Battalion Fire Support Officer for 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry. Following his initial staff assignments, he commanded Headquarters and Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team before completing his assignment as the Brigade Plans Officer. During this period, he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraq Freedom from Feb 2002 - Feb 2003 and Sept 2005 - Sept 2006.
In 2007, COL Schott attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Initially assigned as the Assistant Division Fire Support Officer, he deployed a third time to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team and served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery. While in 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, he deployed a fourth time to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. Returning in late 2011, he reset the Battalion before being assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany where he served as the Brigade Fire Support and Senior Deputy Field Artillery Observer, Coach, Trainer (OC-T) from 2012-2015.
COL Schott commanded 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division Artillery from Jul 2015 - Aug 2017. While in command, he deployed to Afghanistan in support Operations Enduring Freedom in support of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Following command, he was reassigned to USAFRICOM where he served as the Crisis Branch Chief (J335) and Current Actions Branch Chief (J332) within the J3 Directorate.
COL Schott has a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
COL Schott's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Unit Citation (three oak leaf clusters), Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Badge, Ranger Tab, and Combat Action Badge.
COL Schott is married and has two children.