Commander Robert W. Ward

Commnading Officer, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, San Diego

23 October 2020 Commander Robert W. Ward is a 2002 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He received a commission into the Merchant Marine Reserve while earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a United States Coast Guard Unlimited Third Mate License.  He direct commissioned into the Navy in 2002.

In 2004, CDR Ward received his Naval Flight Officer (NFO) Wings and reported to Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he completed deployments to the FOURTH, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Fleet Area of Responsibility (AORs).  While at VP-4, he served as the NFO Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer and El Salvador Detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC).  His qualifications include Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and NFO NATOPS Instructor.

Following his first Sea Tour, CDR Ward reported to Fleet Support Unit FIVE (FSU-5) located at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine where he completed multiple deployments to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs.  Here he served as the Safety / NATOPS Officer, Tactical Officer NATOPS Instructor, Joint Task Force Liaison Officer at Balad Air Base in Iraq, and Detachment OIC at the Kadena Air Base in Japan.

In 2010, CDR Ward reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), as the Assistant Navigator where he served as the acting department head during a four-month Navigator billet gap.  CDR Ward qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway, Command Duty Officer, Navigation Evaluator, and Navigation Training Team Lead, completing more than 30 underway periods in support of C3F tasking.

In 2012, CDR Ward reported to Instructor Duty at the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island serving as a Maritime Warfare Instructor, Aviation Subject Matter Expert, USCG Liaison Officer, Combat Direction Center Coordinator, and Class Advisor for hundreds of Surface Warfare Officer students.

CDR Ward was selected as an Aviation Department Head and reported to Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) homeported at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 2014.  He re-qualified as Patrol Plane Mission Commander, Tactical Coordinator, and NATOPS Instructor and served as the Operations Officer and El Salvador Detachment OIC completing deployments to the FOURTH and SIXTH Fleet AORs.

In 2017, CDR Ward reported to United States Special Operations Command to serve as an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Officer in the J31 Joint Reconnaissance Branch, responsible for the Global Force Management of over 100 ISR platforms in support of global Special Operations Forces.

CDR Ward reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) San Diego as the Executive Officer in 2018.

CDR Ward has accrued over 2300 flight hours in the P-3C Orion.  Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two Strike Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit awards and campaign medals.  CDR Ward earned a Masters in Homeland Security from the American Military University and completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I at the Naval War College. 
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