Commander Roland "Red" C. RoederExecutive Officer, Afloat Training Group Norfolk
A native Ohioan, Commander Roeder earned a degree in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University prior to earning a commission in the U.S. Navy in 1990 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. A Surface Warfare Officer, he served his Division Officer tours in USS DAVID R. RAY (DD 971) and USS SACRAMENTO (AOE 1). He served as Engineer Officer in USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) and USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), and Executive Officer in USS MONTEREY (CG 61). Additional sea tours were as Navigator in USS TARAWA (LHA 1) and Operations Officer in USS WASP (LHD 1). His shore tours include assignments as Executive Assistant to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, and as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff in C4I Division for Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force. He completed Individual Augmentee tours as an Operational Planner at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fl., and as the Chief of Staff and Future Operations Officer for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Commander Roeder attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he completed Phase 1 of his Joint Professional Military Education and is qualified Acquisition Level III in Operational Test and Evaluation Certification.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Gold Stars), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver Star) and the Navy Achievement Medal (with 1 Gold Star), and is authorized to wear numerous campaign and unit awards.