Commander Robert W. Lightfoot
A native of Michigan, Commander Rob Lightfoot is a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
His first division officer assignments included Machinery and Boiler Divisions in USS Comstock (LSD 45), where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001-2002. His second division officer assignment was in USS Antietam (CG 54) in 2002-2003, where he served as Fire Control Officer, deploying to the Western Pacific Ocean. Following his division officer tours, he served as an Air Defense Instructor at Tactical Training Group, Pacific.
He returned to sea duty in 2006 as the Operations Officer in USS Laboon (DDG 58), where he participated in several multinational events, including a Neptune Warrior exercise, and a Standing NATO Maritime Group Two deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Active Endeavour. His second department head assignment was in USS Chosin (CG 65), in 2008-2010 as the Operations Officer. While serving in Chosin, he deployed to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the international counter-piracy mission under Commander, Task Force One-Five-One.
Commander Lightfoot served in the OPNAV Strategy and Policy Division (N51) from 2010 to 2012. Subsequently, he attended the USMC Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, earning a Master’s Degree in Military Studies in 2013. He also served as a Strategy Analyst in the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency’s (JIDA) J9 – Analysis Directorate from 2013 to 2016.