Colonel Shatzer received his commission as an Engineer Officer from Arizona State University in 1993. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He transferred to Functional Area 59 (Strategic Plans and Policy) in 2005 and is a 2016 graduate of the United States Naval War College.
Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, he was assigned to Korea where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, for the U.S. Eighth Army both at USAG Yongsan and USAG Humphreys. He has previously served as the Deputy CJ5 for the ISAF/Resolute Support Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan; Strategist and Lead Planner for JTF 519 at Camp Smith, HI; and Chief of Plans, G5, 25th Infantry Division, in Tikrit, Iraq. He has also taught JPME-II and was course director for contingency planning at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
Colonel Shatzer holds two Master of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 4OLC, the OIF and OEF Campaign Medals, the NATO Medal, the UN Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.
George R. Shatzer, PLA Logistics and Sustainment: PLA Conference 2022, US Army War College Press, Feb 2023
George R. Shatzer, SRAD Director’s Corner: Afghanistan: The Logic of Failing, Fast and Slow, Parameters, Spring Demi-Issue 2023
George R. Shatzer, SRAD Director’s Corner: Preserving Taiwan as Strategic Imperative, Parameters, Winter 2022-2023
George R. Shatzer, SRAD Director’s Corner: Understanding North Korea and the Key to Security in East Asia, Autumn 2022
George R. Shatzer, SRAD Director’s Corner: Russia’s Strategy and Its War on Ukraine, Parameters, Summer 2022
George R. Shatzer, SRAD Director’s Corner: The People’s Republic of China’s Challenge to US Security, Parameters, Spring 2022