Lt. Col. Paul Schneider will take command of the Kansas National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery during a change of command ceremony Dec.7 at 2 p.m. at the Hiawatha armory, 108 N 1st St., Hiawatha, Kan. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Christopher Burr will turn over command to Schneider.
Col. John Campbell, commander of the 635th Regional Support Group, will preside over the ceremony to symbolically pass responsibility for the welfare and training of the more than 340 soldiers of the battalion to Schneider.
“I am honored to take command of a unit with such rich history and honors as the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery,” said Schneider. “I have spent most of my career in the unit and look forward to returning to serve with its soldiers and continue to build upon unit readiness.”
“It has been a privilege and an honor to have had the opportunity to command a battalion so rich in history during this time of transition from redeployment, fielding the HIMARS (highly-mobile artillery rocket) weapons systems and becoming the most modern and lethal fighting force in U.S. Army arsenal,” said Burr.
The 2nd Bn., 130th FA is headquartered in Hiawatha with subordinate units located in Abilene, Clay Center, Holton, Marysville and Ottawa.
The battalion, which holds the lineage and honors of the 130th Field Artillery Regiment, traces its heritage to the 1st Kansas Artillery formed in 1879. The unit or soldiers from the regiment have served in every conflict since the Civil War. The battalion was activated for duty in May 1968 at the time of the Pueblo incident and most recently in July 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The regiment has been awarded streamers for the Muese-Argonne, Alsace, Lorraine, the Aleutian Islands, the European Theatre, Iraq Campaign and Iraq Occupation.
Their current weapons system is the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which is the newest member of the Multiple Launch Rocket System family. The HIMARS is a highly-mobile artillery rocket system offering the firepower of MLRS on a wheeled chassis. The battalion converted to HIMARS in April 2011.
Lt. Col. Paul W. Schneider
Lt. Col. Paul Schneider enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard in March 1987 with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 130th FA in Hiawatha. He completed Officer Candidate School in June 1994 and was commissioned a second lieutenant Jan. 1, 1995. Schneider, in his full-time position, serves as the deputy director of Military Support, Joint Force Headquarters of Kansas.
His previous assignments include battalion ammunition officer, platoon leader, operations officer, battery commander, battalion personnel officer, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer, officer strength manager and executive officer for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in information technology management from Webster University. He is also a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College and other military schools.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal with service star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Kansas Meritorious Service Ribbon and the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon.
Schneider is married to the former Teri Hedrick from Robinson, Kan. The Schneiders reside in Hiawatha with their daughter Sidney.
Lt. Col. Christopher Burr
Lt. Col. Christopher Burr enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard in March 1984 with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, in Liberal, Kan. He completed Officer Candidate School in June 1989 and was commissioned a second lieutenant June 15, 1989.
His previous assignments include assistant executive officer, fire direction officer, executive officer, battery commander, battalion fire direction officer, battalion operations officer, battalion operations officer, brigade operations duty officer, brigade plans officer, division artillery intelligence officer, division artillery duty operations officer, Joint Force Headquarters assistant administrative officer and the 635th Regional Support Group’s executive officer.
Burr graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Emporia State University. He also completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College and various other military schools.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Kansas Meritorious Service Ribbon and the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon.
Burr is married to the former Janet Heiman from Garden City, Kan. The Burrs reside in Buhler, Kan. Burr works full time for the Kansas Army National Guard as the administrative officer for the 635th Regional Support Group headquartered in Hutchinson, Kan.
–Press release via Kansas Adjutant General