|CAPT Robert D. Weissenfels
Captain Robert D. Weissenfels is a native of Richland, WA and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science. He was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1994 and completed fleet replacement pilot training in the H-46 “SeaKnight” in October 1994.
Captain Weissenfels’ first assignment was HELSUPPRON SIX (HC-6) in Norfolk, VA (1994-1997). There he served as Administrative Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Officer-in-Charge of an H-46 detachment embarked on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). He obtained his Officer of the Deck Underway qualification while at HC6 and was awarded the 1996 HELSUPPRON SIX Outstanding Officer Award. Following HC-6, Captain Weissenfels transferred to U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he completed a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (1997-2000). Upon graduation he reported to his next duty station, HELSUPPRON FIVE (HC-5) in Guam (2000-2003). There he served as Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Safety Officer, and detachment Officer-in-Charge for three separate detachments. While assigned to HC-5 he received COMHELTACWINGPAC’s 2002 Navy-Marine Association Leadership Award.
Captain Weissenfels’ next tour of duty was at OPNAV, Washington D.C. where he served as Flag Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In addition to his duties as Flag Aide, he was temporarily assigned as the Expeditionary Helicopter Requirements Officer on the Air Warfare Division Staff and stood-up Task Force Total Force in support of the CNO’s Human Capital Strategy. In May of 2006 he established HELSEACOMBATRON TWO THREE (HSC-23). As the Commanding Officer he deployed to Kuwait in support of the Navy Air Ambulance mission. His squadron earned the COMPACFLT Retention Award for 2007. Next, he reported as Air Officer on board USS TARAWA (LHA 1) in February 2008. He completed this tour on TARAWA as her Commanding Officer, leading the ship through the decommissioning process. The ship earned the 2008 Admiral Flatley Award for Aviation Safety and received the first quarter 2009 Commander Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award. Most recently he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Aviation on the Commander Surface Forces Pacific staff.
Captain Weissenfels took over command of Tactical Air Control Group ONE in June 2012.
Captain Weissenfels’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (third award), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (third award), Global War on Terror Service Medal and various campaign, service, and unit awards. Additional accomplishments include Co-Captain of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Bobsleigh Team, Navy’s 1991 Male Athlete of the Year, and Co-Captain of the 1989 Naval Academy Football team.