Captain Robert D. Westendorff , U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Captain Westendorff is a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. He was commissioned in December 1992 after completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
Captain Westendorff was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1995 in Meridian, Mississippi after flying T-34, T-2, and TA-4 training aircraft. His next assignment was Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO ONE (VF-101) at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat.
Captain Westendorff’s operational sea assignments include his first deployment with the JOLLY ROGERS of VF-103. His department head tour was with the BLACK ACES of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron FOUR ONE (VFA-41), he commanded VFA-25, the FIST OF THE FLEET, and he commanded CARRIER AIR WING ELEVEN (CVW-11).
Shore and staff assignments include instructor pilot and plank owner in VFA-122, the F/A-18E/F Fleet Replacement Squadron in Lemoore, California. He completed his joint tour as Deputy Division Chief for Training Plans and Assessments, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Global Operations at United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Captain Westendorff completed a Pentagon tour in the Chief of Naval Operations Programming Division (N80). He served as the Section Head and senior analyst for aviation programming, to include the F/A-18, EA-18G, F-35 and other aviation related programs. He served as Chief of Staff and Maritime Operations Center Director for Commander, Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, FIFTH Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. In July 2019, CAPT Westendorff reported for duty as Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces.
Captain Westendorff has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through correspondence, as well as JPME Phase II in residence at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His awards include the Legion of Merit (two), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Air Medal (five), and other personal and unit awards. He has accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours and 900 carrier arrested landings while flying F-14A, F-14B, F/A-18A-F, and EA-18G aircraft.