On August 1, 2013, Col. Robert C. Doerer assumed duties as the 42nd Deputy Commander, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.
A son of an Army lieutenant colonel, Doerer grew up on military bases around the world, including Thailand, Africa, and Vietnam – where he was born. In 1981, he graduated from Satellite High School, Satellite Beach, Fla., before attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. In 1985, he graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Aviation.
Highlights of Doerer’s Army operational tours include serving in leadership assignments with the 3d Armored Division, Germany; 3d Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; 1st Armored Division, Germany; and V Corps, Germany. In those assignments, he deployed as the 3AD Aviation Brigade Headquarters Company Commander during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, as the 3d Infantry Division Aviation brigade operations officer for SFOR 8, Bosnia-Herzegovina; as the 1-501st Attack Battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade commander where his units were in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he deployed, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Doerer’s other significant assignments include serving as an observer-controller at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.; aide de camp for the commanding general, Aviation and Troop Command, St. Louis, Mo.; staff officer, chief of staff, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.; Aviation lieutenant colonels assignment officer and Aviation Branch chief, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Va. Most recently, he served as the director of Officer Personnel Management, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.
Doerer's military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the Aviation Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the United States Military Academy and master’s degrees from the University of Central Michigan and the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
Doerer’s awards and decorations include two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, eight Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and two Army Achievement Medals. He was also awarded the Combat Action Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.
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