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Chief of Staff of the Army National Guard

Colonel Robert F. Charlesworth

Colonel Robert F. Charlesworth has over 24 years of military experience. He was commissioned as an Engineer Officer through Army ROTC in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

Colonel Charlesworth began his service as Platoon Leader and later Company Executive Officer assigned to 3rd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. He then served as a staff officer and Company Commander, in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, followed by an assignment as an Engineer Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

He transitioned to the Vermont Army National Guard in 2001 and served as a staff officer and Brigade Operations Officer in the 86th Brigade Combat Team, and later as Battalion Commander, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment. Concurrently, he held management positions with the International Business Machines Corporation and then the Goodrich Aerospace Corporation.

Since 2011, Colonel Charlesworth has served in staff positions on active duty for the Army National Guard. His assignments include service as Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Department of the Army, and as Deputy, Assistant to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters.

Colonel Charlesworth is a graduate of the Engineer Basic and Infantry Advance Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Force Reserve Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Sapper Tab, and Ranger Tab.

He is married to the former Elizabeth A. Scherr of Jericho, VT. They have three children, sons Myles and Martin, and daughter Morgan.

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