Colonel Robert W. Hughes entered military service in
April 1989 and completed Basic Combat Training and
13E, Cannon Fire Direction Control Specialist Advanced
Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in June
1992, COL Hughes was commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant of Field Artillery and assigned to 3-112 Field
Artillery, New Jersey Army National Guard. His first
assignment in the 3-112 FA was as Company Fire
Support Officer (FSO) for A Company, 1-114 Infantry.
COL Hughes was then assigned to C Battery in Toms River, New Jersey, where he served as
Battery Fire Direction Officer and Battery Executive Officer. He then served as the Battalion
Ammunition Officer and Service Battery Executive Officer before returning to Toms River as
the commander of C Battery. Following command, he served as the Battalion Maintenance
Officer, Battalion S4, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer.
In 2004, COL Hughes again took command of C Battery, which then deployed for 18 months as
a Provisional Military Police Company to support Community Law Enforcement and Force
Protection Requirements for U.S. Army Europe in Germany and Italy. Upon redeployment in
2006, COL Hughes served briefly as the State Historian at Joint Forces Headquarters-NJ before
returning to 3-112 FA as the Battalion S3.
COL Hughes deployed again in 2008 with Headquarters, 50 th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to
Baghdad, Iraq, serving as the Security Integration Officer. Following the deployment, he served
as Assistant Brigade FSO. He was then assigned to the Joint Training and Training Development
Center where he served as the Assistant Director-Threat then as Director of Simulations for the
Battle Command Group. He returned to the 50 th IBCT in 2013 as the Brigade S3.
In February of 2014, COL Hughes took command of 3-112 FA. During his tenure the unit
completed its transformation to a composite Field Artillery Battalion. After completing
command in October of 2016, he returned to the 50 th IBCT as executive officer.
COL Hughes took command of the 44 th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on July 1, 2018, one year
after the unit was re-designated from the 50 th IBCT. As of July 19, 2019, he serves concurrently
as the commander of Multinational Battle Group – East, KFOR 26.
COL Hughes’ military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Field
Artillery Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the Military
Police Officer Transition Course, and the Command and General Staff College’s Intermediate
Level Education, and the U.S. Army War College where he received a Master’s degree in
Strategic Studies. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Stockton
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation
Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, four Army Reserve
Component Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal
(two campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service
Medals, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.