Founder of the Arkansas State University Red Wolf Alumni Battalion
Arkansas Military Hall of Fame Recipient
Robert “Bob” Schoenborn was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended High School at St. Vincent’s College in Cape Girardeau. LTC (Ret) Schoenborn graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.A. in 1967 as an honors graduate and a Distinguished Military Graduate. He went on to earn a MBA at the University of Northern Colorado in 1975. He commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer serving as Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer. After branch transfer to Finance Corps, he went on to serve a total of 21 years in various staff and director positions which include Deputy Comptroller; Cam Rahn Support Command, Vietnam; Staff Officer at Financial Services Directorate at the Pentagon; Staff Officer of Allied Forces Command Central Europe, Netherlands; and Director of Army Financial Systems at US Army Information Systems Command.
After retirement, LTC Schoenborn played an active and important role supporting veterans through service in many veterans’ organizations both locally and nationally. In October 2010, LTC Schoenborn was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Veterans Commission and served as the Chairman, where he helped develop important Veterans legislation and policy. During his tenure as chairman of the AR Veterans Commission, LTC Schoenborn initiated construction of the first veterans’ home in Arkansas. LTC Schoenborn has served in various positions with the Military Officers of America Association, including the Director of Northeast Arkansas Chapter and President of the Arkansas Council of Chapters. He is a member and officer of the Craighead County Veterans' Monument Foundation, organizing both the Jonesboro Veterans’ Day Parade as well as the Veteran’s Military Ball. LTC Schoenborn also is a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion and sits on the National Advisory Board of the Beck Pride Center. LTC Schoenborn is responsible for the creation of the Arkansas State University ROTC Red Wolf Alumni Battalion and was its first Battalion Commander. He was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014.
LTC Schoenborn is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Some of his decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, as well as the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.