Zachary T. Schmidt

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Marine Corps
Zachary Schmidt faculty photo


Col. Schmidt is a military professor in the National Security Affairs Department. He was commissioned in 1997 through the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class program. He has served over 25 years as an adjutant and manpower planner with experience ranging from the battalion level to Headquarters, Marine Corps to include three operational deployments to Afghanistan. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded a Marine Corps Embassy Security Guard Region. Col. Schmidt is a graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Distance), Air War College (Distance), and U.S. Naval War College. He most recently served at HQMC in the Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department.

Areas of Expertise

  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Chief of Staff

Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia.

Assistant Chief of Staff, Manpower (G-1)

II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Commanding Officer

Region 9, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Assistant Chief of Staff, Manpower (G-1)

1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, California. Deployed with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Manpower (G-1)

I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Deployed to Afghanistan with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Manpower (G-1)

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Deployed with Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2018, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.S., University of Kansas, 1996, Civil Engineering

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