Major General Carl G. Schneider was born on a family farm in Ralls, Texas, in 1928. He attended Texas Technological College for one year before entering the US Army Air Forces in September 1946 as an enlisted airman. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Arizona State University and a Master's Degree in international relations from The George Washington University.
During the Korean War, he completed one-hundred combat missions flying jet fighters. General Schneider went to Vietnam in 1962. As the first USAF officer assigned to the 2nd Air Division, he established a forward air control/air liaison officer program, flying with the South Vietnam Air Force. In 1972 he was assistant chief of staff, United Nations Command - United States Forces Korea, headquartered in Seoul.
He is a command pilot. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
In the entire history of the United States military, Major General Carl G. Schneider is one of only six officers to start their career as an enlisted person and rise to the rank of two-star general. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1978 and is active in assisting veterans enrolling in academic institutions. He and his wife live outside of Nashville, TN.