Captain Robert A. Hall, Jr. Commodore, Afloat Training Group Atlantic
A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Captain Bob Hall graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation and a USCG Unlimited Third Mate's License. As a Merchant Mariner, he shipped out commercially on a variety of vessels to include voyages in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Captain Hall received his Naval commission from Officer Candidate School in 1989.
Afloat, Captain Hall most recently served as the first Commanding Officer of USS AMERICA (LHA 6), the lead ship of the Navy’s newest ship class — the 45,000 ton AMERICA-class. His prior command was of the destroyer USS PORTER (DDG 78) from December 2006 to June 2008. Under his command PORTER earned the prestigious Battle “E” award for exceptional battle readiness and completed a highly successful forward deployment to the CENTCOM theater of operation, conducting anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. Other sea duties include: Executive Officer in USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) from December 2001 to May 2003; pre-commissioning Chief Engineer in USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) from November 1997 to February 2000; and, Chief Engineer in USS PETERSON (DD 969) from October 1995 to August 1997. Captain Hall began his navy career as the Damage Control Assistant and Auxiliaries Officer in USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD 981) from October 1989 to December 1992.
Ashore, Captain Hall served as the Executive Assistant (EA) to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Global Force Management, Joint Operations, Plans, Policy and Training (N3/N5/N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC); Lead Maritime Homeland Defense planner at USFFC; National Military Command Center (NMCC) Systems Operations Branch Chief in the Operations Directorate (J-3) on the Joint Staff; and Naval Weapons Program Analyst on the OPNAV Staff in Washington DC. Additionally, Captain Hall has attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, where he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC, where he earned a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy.