Captain Robert Thompson
Captain Rob Thompson was born in Herrin, Illinois and raised in a Navy family, graduating from high school in Silverdale, Washington. He is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Captain Thompson began his career at sea aboard USS HEWITT (DD 966) in Yokosuka, Japan as Strike Warfare Officer/Fire Control Officer and then Main Propulsion Assistant. In February 1997, he reported to the pre-commissioning crew of USS MAHAN (DDG 72) where he served as Combat Information Center Officer until the successful completion of Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials. He later served as Engineer Officer in USS CARNEY (DDG 64), deploying to the Arabian Gulf with the JOHN F KENNEDY Battle Group. In May 2003 he reported as Material Officer for Commander, DESTROYER SQUADRON THREE ONE in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and he was also temporarily assigned as Engineer Officer in USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57). In May 2006, he reported to Sasebo, Japan as Executive Officer in USS TORTUGA (LSD 46). As part of the Navy’s only Forward Deployed Expeditionary Strike Group, TORTUGA successfully completed Exercises FOAL EAGLE, TALISMAN SABER, and ANNUALEX as well as numerous patrols with the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and was awarded the Battle “E”. In July 2011, he assumed command of USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), having served as Executive Officer from October 2010 to June 2011. ROOSEVELT deployed to AFRICOM with the SCAN EAGLE Unmanned Aerial System supporting Indian Ocean Maritime Security Operations. During his tour, ROOSEVELT was awarded the Battle “E” three times and successfully installed and tested the SQQ-89A(V)15 Sonar upgrade.
Ashore assignments have included the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, the Navy’s Budget Office, Commander, Pacific Fleet staff and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) where he was assigned to the Budget and Appropriations Affairs Division. As a Congressional Liaison, he oversaw Procurement and Research accounts for the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). He was previously the Fleet Scheduler/Global Force Manager in the Future Operations division on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Captain Thompson earned a Master of Science degree in Physics as a student in the Combat Systems Science and Technology curriculum at the Naval Post Graduate School, where he specialized in High Power Microwave Weapons. He is also a graduate of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Management at the National Defense University where he completed the Long Term Strategy Concentration. He holds Financial Management and Operational Planning sub-specialties.
He holds various decorations and awards, including three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; five awards of the Navy Commendation Medal; and three awards of the Navy Achievement Medal.