|CDR Robert R. Porter, III
Chief Staff Officer
CDR Robert ‘Paco’ Porter reported aboard as Chief Staff Officer, MCMRON SEVEN, in May 2015.
CDR Paco Porter enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and served as a Nuclear Power Trained Electrician’s Mate. His assignments included Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Power Prototype Training at S3G in Ballston Spa, NY and finally Submarine NR-1. In 1991, he attended the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) course at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA. Upon graduation, in 1992, he attended Boston University on a NROTC scholarship from where he graduated and commission as an Ensign in 1996.
Upon completion of Naval Diving and Salvage training and Surface Warfare Officer School, he served onboard the USS Camden (AOE-2) where billets included Electrical Officer, Propulsion Officer, Navigator, and Deck Division Officer, completing a WESTPAC/Arabian Gulf deployment in 1998. Graduating from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School in 2001, CDR Porter reported to EOD Mobile Unit SIX in Charleston, SC. As Officer-in-Charge, EODMU SIX Detachment SIX, he led his team as the forward deployed Mine Countermeasure Response Detachment to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain in 2002, assigned to CTG 55.1 for COMFIFTHFLT EOD and MCM operations. From 2003 to 2004, CDR Porter served as Officer-in-Charge of EODMU TWO Detachment Dahlgren, VA leading EOD and range operations for Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Naval District Washington. From 2005 to 2006, CDR Porter served as Operations Officer for EODMU THREE where he directed the operational employment of 11 EOD mobile detachments and one MK6 Marine Mammal System Detachment in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2007, he reported onboard Headquarters, US Central Command (HQ USCENTCOM) as a member of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Task Force. After completing a tour as a liaison officer to Multi-national Coalition, Iraq, he was placed in charge of the C-IED branch for CENTCOM’s Director of Operations (CCJ3). In 2009, CDR Porter reported onboard NDSTC as the Executive Officer (XO) and in 2011 he served as the XO of the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) and the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the NAVEODTECHDIV’s Technical Support Detachment (TSD) where he oversaw the operations and deployments of the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cells (CEXC). His most recent assignment was as the Commanding Officer (CO) of EODMU ONE from November 2013 to May 2015.
CDR Porter holds qualifications as an EOD Officer, Diving and Salvage Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, and Naval Parachutist. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3 awards), Overseas Service Ribbon, and various unit and campaign citations.