Military career began in 1984 as a Candidate in the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1985. Served in the Fleet flying the RH-53 Sea Stallion for HM-14. Served as Tactics Officer and was tasked with planning and executing the clearing of Iranian mines from the Straits of Hormuz in 1987. Served in Panama in 1988 in the same capacity flying the first airborne sonar mapping of the Panama Canal. Instructor Pilot with Training Squadron VT- in Milton, FL. Then established and commanded the NAS Pensacola Search and Rescue Unit as well as the Stations Aviation Maintenance Department.
In the Air Force he served as the C-17 Senior Stage Manager for Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom he was the Special Instructions Chief for the Coalition Air Operations Headquarters in 2003. Served in numerous Combat Operation Centers throughout the world in various roles including the Chief of Strategy Guidance and Chief of Air Tasking Coordinators. Retired in 2014 after serving over six years as a Deputy Director of Global Operations for the USAF’s Tanker and Airlift Command Center Headquarters at Scott Air Force Base.
Bob is retired as a pilot for American Airlines. He began with TWA in 1996 and retired as a Miami International Pilot on the 767 in 2018. A Competitive Research Analysis with the Union Pacific Railroad 1980-1983. A graduate from Ole Miss and Troy University. Was a ground floor member of the innovative draft beer monitoring system Intelitap. He served as the Project Manager for the S-92 Project and Business development in Kuwait this year. Also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Olly Holly LLC.
Although retired from active duty, Robert remains committed to enhancing the quality of life of his fellow brothers-in-arms.