LTC Robert L. McCormick is a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Air Defense Artillery as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Louisiana State University. He received his Bachelors of Art degree in Criminal Justice from Southeastern Louisiana University. He holds Masters of Science degree in Public Administration from Webster University, a Military Arts and Science degree from the Advanced Military Studies Program at Ft. Leavenworth KS, an Operational Art and Science degree from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, and a Masters of Art degree in Management from Webster State University.
In 1997, he was assigned to 3d Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division where he served as an AVENGER/STINGER Platoon Leader in both Delta and Charlie Batteries, and XO for HHB. While at Fort Bragg, he served as the DIVARTY and Task Force 3-505 (Panther) Air Defense Officer. He served as Aide-De-Camp to MG William L. Bond, the STRICOM Commander in Orlando, FL. He commanded the separate ADA Battery in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and earned the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award from Forces Command while deployed to Iraq in 2003. Upon redeployment, he served as the Senior Air Defense Officer in Operations Group, Plans/EMC at the Joint Readiness Training Center and helped transform the way JRTC trained units deploying to Iraq based off of his deployment. He was instrumental in bringing the first and currently last Patriot Batteries to JRTC for a maneuver rotation. He was the Officer Basic Course Branch Chief for the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Center. He volunteered to be on the first external Military Transition Team or MiTT to Iraq for his 2nd tour and was the S-3/XO advisor to 5/1-6 Iraqi Army Division in West Baghdad in 2006. Upon redeployment, he served as the Secretary to the General Staff for Fort Bliss, Texas from 2007-2008. Afterwards, he was the Battalions Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. Upon graduating Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), LTC McCormick deployed on his third tour overseas with his first tour to Afghanistan, as a J-5 Strategic Planner, for the United States Forces Afghanistan from 2011-2012. Upon his redeployment, he served as a Brigade Planner to the 1ST Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and later reassigned as the 1MEB Brigade Deputy Commander. He currently serves as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX
LTC McCormick’s military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Anti-Terrorist Evasive Driving Course, the Infantry Officer Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Staff School, Total Army Instructor Trainer Course, the Advanced Airborne Jumpmaster School, Air Force Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and Pre Command Course at School of Cadet Command.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal , Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal with Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, the Army Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
LTC McCormick is married and has three children.