HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved the promotion of Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Brigadier General Andrew Schafer to the rank of Major General.
Speaking at his confirmation hearing on June 6 as the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee considered his nomination for promotion, Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, had the honor of introducing Schafer. A 20th District resident who resides in Delaware Township, Pike County, Schafer serves as Commander, Headquarters, for the28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He has served in the ROTC and National Guard since 1983 and twice was deployed overseas, once in Germany and another time to Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In Iraq he served as Deputy Commander, Headquarters, for the 56th Brigade.
In remarks to the committee, Baker noted that “Five years ago, almost to the day, I had the privilege of introducing then-Colonel Andrew Schafer, who was being promoted to Brigadier General. His career is continuing its upward trajectory, for he is now recommended for promotion to Major General. Looking at his service record and resume, we find an admirable commitment to our commonwealth and country. He is well-educated, well-trained, and well-regarded.”
Schafer, who earned a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, has received more than a dozen medals and ribbons including a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters and a National Defense Service medal with one Bronze Star.
His record of promotions, assignments, awards and decorations was highlighted by Baker.
“The roster of duty assignments during his career is extensive. It is apparent that he is has proved capable, experienced, and trustworthy. He has earned a substantial and impressive list of awards and decorations.”
Andrew M. Seder