Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. M. Gichert was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor from the United States Military Academy in 2003. Following graduation, LTC Gichert volunteered for service in the 39th Arkansas, where he served as a Scout Platoon Leader in Bagdad. Upon returning he was assigned to 3rd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division as a company and a headquarters company Executive Officer. LTC Gichert then volunteered as a MiTT Team Leader and was deployed to Mosul. After returning, he attended the Armor Captains Career Course. Subsequently he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), where he served as the assistant Regimental S3, H Company Commander, and HHT 2/11 Commander. He was then selected to command the Warrior Transition Unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Upon completion of the Art of War Master’s Program at the Command and General Staff College, Lieutenant Colonel Gichert returned to the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a G35 planner. After returning from Afghanistan, he was assigned as the Operations Officer for 2-7 Cavalry and then as the Executive Officer for 3rd Brigade as they deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield. LTC Gichert was then assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff as a special assistant to the director of the Army staff.
Lieutenant Colonel Gichert then returned to the National Training Center and had the privilege of commanding 2/11 ACR and subsequently serving as the G3 of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.
His awards include the Bronze Star (with V device and 3 bronze oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with V device and 3 bronze oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal. He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.