Military Bios

Rear Admiral Robin M. Watters:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy Commander, Seventh Fleet Deputy Commander Navy Region Northeast
Rear Admiral Watters was commissioned in 1977 through the University of Nebraska Naval ROTC program where he graduated with honors. His initial assignment was to USS Inchon (LPH-12) serving as OI Division Officer and Repair Officer. In 1981, he was ordered to Surface Warfare Officer's School Command in Newport as a warfare instructor for the Division Officer Course. After receiving his Department Head School class “Top Gunner” award, Rear Adm. Watters returned to sea duty in 1984 as Combat Systems Officer for the new construction USS Hawes (FFG-53). In 1986, he resigned his commission and affiliated with the Navy Reserves.
As a reservist, he has commanded seven units including SELRES Coordinator USS Exploit (MSO-440), SELRES Coordinator USS Clark (FFG-11), Mine Division One Two One, NR Fleet Training Group Mayport Det 101, NR COMUSKOREA Det 102, NR COMNAVSURFGRU MED Det 105, and NR COMSEVENTHFLT Det 111. Non-command assignments include Deputy For Mission Effectiveness, REDCOM Mid-Atlantic; SELRES Adminstrator, USS Valdez (FF-1096); and Naval Operations Watch Officer, NR COMUSKOREA Det 102.
While serving aboard Exploit, Rear Adm. Watters was recalled to active duty in December 1990 for six months to serve as Executive Officer for Exploit crew's deployment (aboard USS Adroit (MSO-509)) to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. During this deployment, Rear Adm. Watters was lead tactician for extraction of the severely damaged USS Princeton (CG-59) from mined waters and lead-through of USS Missouri (BB-63) and her two escorts into the newly cleared fire support area for the start of the Coalition ground campaign.
Rear Adm. Watters was again recalled to active duty in February 2003 for eleven months to the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as a current and future operations planner. Following cessation of major hostilities, Rear Adm. Watters served in Kuwait as COMUSNAVCENT Liaison Officer to the Kuwaiti Navy and in Iraq as COMUSNAVCENT Liaison Officer to both CTJF-7 and the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Rear Adm. Watters' awards include the Legion of Merit (with gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with gold star), Combat Action Ribbon, and various campaign and service medals. He has also completed the active duty Command-At-Sea Qualification.
Rear Adm. Watters holds a BS from the University of Nebraska in business and an MBA from Bryant College. He is currently a Vice President for the high technology firm of Sonalysts, Inc.
Updated: 3 February 2005


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