Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kennerly Furtick is a native of Springfield, SC. In December of 2001, he was commissioned an Armor Officer through the ROTC program at Newberry College in Newberry, SC. He has served in various leadership and staff positions within both Cavalry and Armor Formations.
As a Lieutenant, he was assigned overseas duty in the Republic of Korea from 2002-2005. During that time, he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Maintenance Officer in 1-72 AR BN of the 2nd Infantry Division.
As a Captain, he served at Fort Drum, NY as a G3 Current Ops Officer for the 10th MTN DIV from 2006-2008. LTC Furtick moved to 1-89 CAV, 2 BCT and assumed command of B Troop and later HHT. During this time in 10th MTN, he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2010, upon completion of the Iraq deployment, he was reassigned to 3-16 CAV in Fort Benning, GA. During this time he served as an instructor in the Army Reconnaissance Course.
LTC Furtick’s first assignment as a Major was as the Squadron Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 3-16 CAV, 316th CAV BDE. Upon completion of this assignment in 2013, he was reassigned to Fort Irwin, CA where he was assigned to 1st Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Here he served as the Senior O/CT for the Regiment and later as the Squadron Executive Officer. He was then reassigned as the Chief of Protocol for the National Training Center. LTC Furtick completed his duties at NTC and in 2015, was reassigned to the Office of Program Management - Saudi Arabia National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a Battalion Advisor. In 2016, he was then assigned to the Department of the Army G-3/5/7 as an Operations Officer in the Army Operations Center.
In August of 2018, LTC Furtick was reassigned to 8th US Army, Camp Humphreys, Korea as the Aide De Camp to the Commanding General.
LTC Furtick’s Military Education includes Command and General Staff Officers Course, the Armor Captains Career Course, the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Cavalry Leaders Course, and the Scout Leaders Course. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from Newberry College, as well as a Masters in Human Resources from Central Michigan University.
LTC Furtick is married to the former Kelly Suzanne Chapman of Cheraw, SC. They have three sons Andrew (12), Jonathan (10), and Owen (8).