Major General Mark J. Schindler assumed duties as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on December 5, 2020, and was confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania as the 54th Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on June 21, 2021.
In this cabinet-level position with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, General Schindler oversees a combined state and federal budget of over $966 million. He is responsible for the command and control of approximately 18,500 Army and Air National Guard members (3rd largest National Guard); a complement of 2,500 commonwealth employees; and six state-owned Veterans homes and programs for Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 Veterans.
Prior to this appointment, he served as Assistant Adjutant General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Chief of Staff-Army, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; and served in a variety of command and staff positions within the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. General Schindler deployed as commander of the 55th Military Engagement Team in Jordan during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012-2013.
General Schindler was born in Buffalo, New York. He received a two-year ROTC scholarship from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was commissioned in 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He went on to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree in communications in 1989, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2011.
His military education includes: Signal Corps Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course; U.S. Army War College; Harvard University, Leadership in Homeland Security Course; and the Senior Leadership Course, Baltic Defense College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award); Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th Award); National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2nd Award); Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (5th Award); and Global War on Terror Medal.