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Lt. Col. Joseph Biehler, 27th Brigade Combat Team Commander

Colonel Robert Charlesworth was commissioned as an Engineer Officer through Army ROTC in 1992. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and a MS in Project Management from George Washington University.                                         

Colonel Charlesworth began his service as Platoon Leader and later Company Executive Officer assigned to 3rd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. He then served as a staff officer and Company Commander, in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, followed by an assignment as an Engineer Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

He transitioned to the Vermont Army National Guard in 2001 and branch transferred to the Infantry.  He served in several assignments within the Vermont Army National Guard to include Operations Officer, 86th Brigade Combat Team, and Commander, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment. Concurrently, he held management positions with the International Business Machines Corporation and then the Goodrich Aerospace Corporation.

Since 2011, Colonel Charlesworth has served in staff positions on active duty for the Army National Guard. His assignments include Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Department of the Army; Deputy Assistant to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters; and most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Army National Guard Directorate in Arlington, Virginia.

Colonel Charlesworth is a graduate of the Engineer Basic and Infantry Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.  His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Sapper Tab and Ranger Tab.

Colonel Charlesworth and his wife Betsy have three children, Myles, Morgan, and Martin.