Colonel Robert F. Hepner, Jr.
Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center
Colonel Robert F. Hepner Jr. was commissioned in 1988 into the Field Artillery Branch from Mansfield University ROTC. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery in Neu Ulm, Germany, where he served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader in a self-propelled howitzer battery. During his assignment in Germany, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the 1st Infantry Division (FWD). After redeploying, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, whereat he served as a Battery Executive Officer and Battery Commander of a Basic Training/AIT battery. Upon completion of this assignment COL Hepner attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, after which he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His assignments included Battalion Intelligence Officer and Fire Support Officer for the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry and Battery Commander of Headquarters, Headquarters Service Battery, 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery. After battery command he attended the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and then went on to teach Army ROTC for three years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Upon leaving the active component, COL Hepner joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, whereat he served as the 28th DIVARTY Fire Direction Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He then was selected to command the 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where he was deployed for nine months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. COL Hepner next served as the Counterdrug Coordinator for the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Program for five and a half years. He then served as the Chief of Plans, Training, and Security at Fort Indiantown Gap, National Guard Training Center. COL Hepner was then selected to command the 3rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil support team. COL Hepner is currently the Garrison Commander of Ft. Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center.
COL Hepner’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Mansfield University and a Masters of Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military awards and decorations include the: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (7); Army Commendation Medal (5); Army Achievement Medal (2); Ranger Tab; Parachutist Badge; and Air Assault Badge.
COL Hepner currently resides in Mount Joy with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Mason and Carson.