UDC’s Board of Trustees
Major General Errol R. Schwartz
General Schwartz was appointed to serve as the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard by President Bush in June 2008. President Obama reappointed him in January 2009.
General Schwartz’s military career started when he enlisted in the District of Columbia Army National Guard in 1976. He was commissioned as an Ordinance Officer in June 1979 and appointed as a Platoon Leader in the 104th Maintenance Company. He served in numerous leadership positions as a Staff Officer and as a Commander. Some of his previous assignments include Battalion Commander, 372nd Military Police Battalion, Deputy Director of Information Management, Director of Logistics, Commander, 74th Troop Command, and The Adjutant General of the District of Columbia National Guard.
During his tenure as Commanding General, General Schwartz managed the mobilization and deployment of a majority of the command, both Army and Air, to support the Global War on Terrorism. He has been instrumental in the collaborative efforts between Joint Force Headquarters-DC and the Joint Force Headquarters of the FEMA Region 3 states (MD, VA, PA, WV, DE) in developing guidance for the implementation of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact Agreement that would provide assistance to civil authorities and federal agencies in response to natural or man-made disasters in the National Capital Region, adjacent states, and throughout the nation. General Schwartz has fostered cooperation with local elected officials to facilitate collaborative efforts in planning military assistance to civil authorities as well as identifying force structure and fiscal resources available to support the District of Columbia and federal authorities during local and national emergencies. In addition, General Schwartz is currently serving as the Chairman of the Personnel Committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of the District of Columbia. He previously served as the Chairman of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee advising the Secretary of the Army on policies affecting the total army. He also was a member of the Board of Visitors for the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Guard Association of the United States.
Prior to this appointment, General Schwartz was assigned as a civilian to the Department of Defense as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive. He held numerous leadership positions in the intelligence community culminating as the Director of the National Security Incident Response Center at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He was responsible for providing real-time indications and warnings of all cyber incidents that may affect the United States National Security Information Systems.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the District of Columbia, a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. In addition, General Schwartz has completed the Department of Defense Senior Executive Leadership Course, the National War College, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the CAPSTONE course for Flag and General Officers.
General Schwartz has received numerous awards, including the United States Legion of Merit award with Oak Leaf Cluster. General Schwartz is married to the former Norma Lawrence, and they have three children, Duane, Jason and Shauna.