Chief Warrant Officer-Five Keith Schuster
assumed the office of Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO), for the 63rd Regional Support Command, effective April 1, 2010. Previously, he was Command Chief Warrant Officer for the 63rd Regional Readiness Command.
Chief Warrant Officer Schuster entered active duty in the U.S. Army on 6 October 1986 and began his military career at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he completed Basic Combat Training. He attended the Warrant Officer Entry Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and graduated on December 11, 1987.
While on active duty, Chief Schuster completed multiple active duty assignments at Ft. Bragg, Republic of Korea, and Ft. Lewis, Washington. He was the XVIII Airborne Corps Commanding General’s Pilot–In-Command, where he transported numerous distinguished individuals; including General Norman Schwarzkopf, General Barry McCaffrey, and General Carl Vuono. His deployments included missions in Honduras, El Salvador, the Caribbean, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Republic of Korea, and various medevac helicopter missions in the United States. Chief Schuster left active duty in 1994 and transferred to the Ready Reserves.
In 1999, Chief Schuster was assigned to the 467th Transportation Company, Tacoma, Washington. He attended training at the United States Army Transportation Center and was the Honor Graduate in the Marine Deck Officer basic course. He later became the vessel master of the ST-905 ‘Scholarie’ from 2001 to 2008. He is licensed on the LCU-2000 and the Army ST class tugboat.
From November 2003 to November 2004, Chief Schuster was deployed to the Port of Schuayba, Kuwait as a Marine Liaison Officer and later at CFLCC headquarters in Kuwait as a transportation staff officer.
Chief Warrant Officer Schuster is a graduate of the United States Army Aviation Center as a UH-1 Pilot and Instructor Pilot. He is also a graduate of numerous other technical courses, as well as the Warrant Officer Advance Course and Senior Staff Course. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal. As a former NCAA Division I athlete, Chief Schuster was also a member of the All Army tennis team.
As a civilian, Chief Schuster is a Special Agent Supervisor in the Financial Investigations Unit of the Washington State Gambling Commission. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Puget Sound. Chief Schuster is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is also a graduate of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center - Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
In addition, Chief Schuster is an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Martin’s University. He has taught courses in managerial finance and auditing. He specializes in teaching auditing for occupational fraud and abuse.
Chief Schuster is married to his wife of 22 years, Pok Nam (Won). They have three children – Michael, David, and Angela.