BIC Graphic Sleepy Eye announced their welcome of LTC Joe Schotzko to the operations team while he completes a 12-week Military Corporate Fellowship through Hiring Our Heroes.

BIC Graphic Sleepy Eye announced their welcome of LTC Joe Schotzko to the operations team while he completes a 12-week Military Corporate Fellowship through Hiring Our Heroes. The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program matches eligible transitioning military service members with equivalent civilian careers prior to their separation from the military. During his time with BIC Graphic, Schotzko will learn about the business and add value through completion of projects and assignments assisting the operation’s team.

After enlisting in the Army Reserve in 1992, LTC Schotzko served as a cannon crew member and combat engineer through 1995 when he transferred to the ROTC program at St. John’s University. Upon graduation, Schotzko received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the field artillery. His career as a field artillery officer focused on both conventional and special operations; combat deployments included Iraq for OIF I and Afghanistan for OEF 10-11. In his last duty position, Schotzko served as an assistant professor at the Command and General Staff College where he taught army tactics specializing in field artillery operations and defense support for civil services to mid-grade officers.

LTC Schotzko’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal second award, Meritorious Service Medal third award, Bronze Star second award and Bronze Pen third award. His Unit Citations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award and the Presidential Unit Citation. Badges include the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Currently, LTC Schotzko is an Assistant Professor at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from St. John’s University and a Master’s of Science in Psychology from Capella University.

Schotzko was born and raised in Sleepy Eye and during his 24-plus years in the military, he and his family enjoyed many trips home to Minnesota. Joe and his wife, Laura, have three children: Mitchell, age 13; Ian, age 11 and Carmen, age 8. The family is looking forward to relocating to the Sleepy Eye area upon Joe’s retirement from military service.