Captain Schmidt is a native of Homerville, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign at the United States Naval Academy in May 1992. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a nuclear trained surface warfare officer and a graduate of the Joint Combined Warfighting School.
Captain Schmidt has served afloat in eight ships, including command of USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40), USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), where he additionally served as Air and Missile Defense Commander for Carrier Strike Group Two. His other afloat tours include Reactor Officer in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), Executive Officer in USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), Reactor Electrical Assistant in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), Operations Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), and his initial sea tour as a division officer in USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40). He has completed six deployments to the Mediterranean and Middle East, including support to Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE, counter-piracy in the Horn of Africa region, and flagship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group. In his aircraft carrier tours he has completed extensive shipyard construction and maintenance periods including commissioning and refueling complex overhaul.
Ashore, he served as navigation instructor and sail training officer at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, Pennsylvania State University, Executive Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, New York, and as a NATO Staff Officer (J7 – Training and Exercise) at the Allied Joint Forces Command Headquarters in Brunssum, the Netherlands.
Captain Schmidt is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal along with various unit and campaign citations.