The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is delighted to announce that Dr. Barry J. Schneider was elected National Commander at its 123rd Annual National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

National Commander Schneider is a retired Air Force Major with 20 years of active military service.  His assignments included NORAD IG Team, Combat Crew Commander, and Instructor Crew Commander and Standardization Evaluator for both Titan II and Minuteman Strategic Missile Weapon Systems.  He graduated from the Squadron Officers school, Air Command & Staff College, Command Staff Officers course and Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management.

Barry worked for the Fort Worth Independent School District for 16 years, serving as a Central Office Administrator in the Human Resources Department, and became a Certified Records Manager.  He completely revamped the procedure for maintaining and preserving employee records for the FWISD.

In 1994, Barry joined Jewish War Veterans Post 755 in Fort Worth, TX, and became a life member.  Barry served as Post Commander from 2005-2007 and went on to serve as commander of the Department of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma (TALO) from 2012-2014.  At the national level, he has served as Chairman of JWV’s Vietnam Veterans Committee and Scouting Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Youth Achievement Committee.

Barry has been a lifelong Boy Scout.  As a youth, he earned the Eagle Scout award and the Ner Tamid Jewish religious emblem.  As an adult, he served as Assistant District Commissioner for BSA Transatlantic Council in Turkey and Morocco.  He was awarded the Silver Beaver award for sustained exemplary service and the Shofar Jewish religious award for service to Jewish Scouting.

The Jewish Community is paramount to Barry.  He was selected as the B’nai B’rith Jewish Person of the Year for Fort Worth and Tarrant County in 2010.  He has served as President of Temple Beth Shalom in Arlington, TX, President of the Fort Worth chapter of B’nai B’rith, and Campaign Chairman and President of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Barry earned a BA in History from California State College in 1967, MEd in Guidance and Counseling from South Dakota State University in 1976, MA in Management from Webster University in 1986, and Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1996.

Barry was born and raised in St. Louis, MO.  He was married to Dolores (Finkelstein) for 49 years.  Dolores passed away in 2015.  They have two children, daughter Myla and son Eric and two grandchildren.  Myla and her husband Gary have two children, Eli and Coby.

We wish Barry a successful year!