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Admiral Robert F. Willard addresses Yokosuka, Japan Pt 2 of 2
Admiral Robert F. Willard addresses Yokosuka, Japan Pt 2 of 2
Published: 2011/03/23
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Admiral Robert F. Willard addresses Yokosuka, Japan Pt 1 of 2
Admiral Robert F. Willard addresses Yokosuka, Japan Pt 1 of 2
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard - Extended
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard - Extended
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: MarinesMemorialClub
Holiday Greeting: Adm. Robert F. Willard, PACOM
Holiday Greeting: Adm. Robert F. Willard, PACOM's commander
Published: 2009/12/11
Channel: U.S. Pacific Command
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard Lecture- Preview
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard Lecture- Preview
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: MarinesMemorialClub
HASC - Q&A with Admiral Robert F. Willard and General Walter "Skip" Sharp
HASC - Q&A with Admiral Robert F. Willard and General Walter "Skip" Sharp
Published: 2011/04/06
Channel: Colleen Hanabusa
Apocalypse Now - Kilgore talks surfing and napalm
Apocalypse Now - Kilgore talks surfing and napalm
Published: 2011/05/18
Channel: StudiocanalUK
Willard Assumes Command of U.S. Pacific Command
Willard Assumes Command of U.S. Pacific Command
Published: 2009/10/23
Channel: U.S. Pacific Command
Reed: Submarines Key to Future Military Strategy
Reed: Submarines Key to Future Military Strategy
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: SenJackReed
"Clack Clack" - John Stewart
"Clack Clack" - John Stewart's Memorial to Robert F. Kennedy
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Steve Kosareff
Pacific Command Undergoes Change In Leadership
Pacific Command Undergoes Change In Leadership
Published: 2009/10/21
Channel: KITV
WILLARD f*cked up...
WILLARD f*cked up...
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: McCully Quinn
Press Briefing with Ben Rhodes and Admiral Robert Willard
Press Briefing with Ben Rhodes and Admiral Robert Willard
Published: 2011/11/15
Channel: The Obama White House
Japanese Crisis and Relief Update - Adm. Robert Willard, Pacific Command.
Japanese Crisis and Relief Update - Adm. Robert Willard, Pacific Command.
Published: 2011/03/18
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
Security in the Asia-Pacific: Admiral Robert Willard
Security in the Asia-Pacific: Admiral Robert Willard
Published: 2011/04/20
Channel: National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Admiral Willard Bernama TV News Coverage.wmv
Admiral Willard Bernama TV News Coverage.wmv
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: usembassykl
ADM Robert Willard - Keynote U.S. PACFLT KMC 2011
ADM Robert Willard - Keynote U.S. PACFLT KMC 2011
Published: 2012/11/28
Channel: PACFLT KM
Willard
Willard's Greeting
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: Michelle Walsh
US commander says NKorea nuclear test would undermine regional security
US commander says NKorea nuclear test would undermine regional security
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: AP Archive
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Published: 2011/03/02
Channel: HarvardCPL
Adm. Robert Willard assuming command of the United States Pacific Command
Adm. Robert Willard assuming command of the United States Pacific Command
Published: 2014/05/11
Channel: otv103
Johann Pachelbel/Willard A. Palmer- Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel/Willard A. Palmer- Canon in D
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Christy Gonzalez
Admiral Willard Briefs on "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Admiral Willard Briefs on "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Published: 2011/02/17
Channel: U.S. Department of State
Head of the Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard speaks at the 2009 PACOM Press Conference
Head of the Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard speaks at the 2009 PACOM Press Conference
Published: 2009/11/02
Channel: Damon Tucker
ADM. Robert and Donna Willard 2011 Holiday Message
ADM. Robert and Donna Willard 2011 Holiday Message
Published: 2011/12/01
Channel: U.S. Pacific Command
Admiral Robert Willard Delivers Remarks on "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Admiral Robert Willard Delivers Remarks on "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: U.S. Department of State
Robert and Ethel Kennedy at Salt Lake City Airport
Robert and Ethel Kennedy at Salt Lake City Airport
Published: 2009/04/01
Channel: J.Willard Marriott Library
HBO Mini Series The Pacific - Commander Robert Willard
HBO Mini Series The Pacific - Commander Robert Willard
Published: 2010/03/05
Channel: Bruce Fisher
Admiral Willard Discusses the "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Admiral Willard Discusses the "Asia-Pacific U.S. Military Overview"
Published: 2011/09/27
Channel: U.S. Department of State
Admiral Willard RTM2 English News Coverage
Admiral Willard RTM2 English News Coverage
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: usembassykl
Congressman Johnson Fears Guam May Capsize If U.S. Sends More Troops
Congressman Johnson Fears Guam May Capsize If U.S. Sends More Troops
Published: 2010/04/03
Channel: SchuylerKing310
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on cybersecurity
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on cybersecurity
Published: 2011/03/03
Channel: HarvardCPL
DOD NEWS BRIEFING,31 DECEMBER 1999 - REF#:991231-001
DOD NEWS BRIEFING,31 DECEMBER 1999 - REF#:991231-001
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: Images of Freedom
http://rtvm.gov.ph - Courtesy Call of US Pacific Command Commander Adm. Robert F. Willard
http://rtvm.gov.ph - Courtesy Call of US Pacific Command Commander Adm. Robert F. Willard
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: RTVMalacanang
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 26, 2010
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 26, 2010
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Images of Freedom
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) Fears Guam may capsize.
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) Fears Guam may capsize.
Published: 2010/10/15
Channel: kickademocrat
Robert Willard FON
Robert Willard FON
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: New Russia Cultural Center
Visiting US commander in Pacific holds presser
Visiting US commander in Pacific holds presser
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: AP Archive
Django Unchained: Bag Scene Horse Raid
Django Unchained: Bag Scene Horse Raid
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: MusicAreaHQ
Change of Command
Change of Command
Published: 2009/10/21
Channel: Department of Defense
Willard Says Japan Nuclear Situation Improving Daily
Willard Says Japan Nuclear Situation Improving Daily
Published: 2011/04/12
Channel: Bloomberg
AROUND THE SERVICES 12:30 EDITION 20 OCT 09
AROUND THE SERVICES 12:30 EDITION 20 OCT 09
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Images of Freedom
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Fuck You Bitch
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Fuck You Bitch
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: WheelerWalkerJrVEVO
Obsessed Fans Who Went A Little Too Far
Obsessed Fans Who Went A Little Too Far
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: TheRichest
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 24, 2011
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 24, 2011
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Images of Freedom
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Puss in Boots
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Puss in Boots
Published: 2017/05/05
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China To Launch 1st Aircraft Carrier By 2012
China To Launch 1st Aircraft Carrier By 2012
Published: 2010/03/26
Channel: MidNightRider2001
OASD: Defense Department Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Briefing (R
OASD: Defense Department Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Briefing (R
Published: 2016/09/12
Channel: Images of Freedom
Willard Leroy Metcalf: A collection of 205 paintings (HD)
Willard Leroy Metcalf: A collection of 205 paintings (HD)
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: LearnFromMasters
Whatsoever You Do by Willard F. Jabusch
Whatsoever You Do by Willard F. Jabusch
Published: 2017/05/14
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Robert F. Willard
CDRUSPACOM ADM Willard.jpg
Born (1950-12-05) December 5, 1950 (age 66)
Bell, California, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1973–2012
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held U.S. Pacific Command
U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Seventh Fleet
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Navy Commendation Medal (4)

Robert Frederick "Bob" Willard[1] (born December 5, 1950)[2] is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the 22nd Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from October 19, 2009[3] to March 9, 2012. He previously served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from May 8, 2007 to September 25, 2009.[4][5] Prior to that, he served as the 34th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from March 18, 2005 to April 2007. On March 9, 2012, Admiral Willard retired from the Navy after 39 years of service. On May 9, 2012, he was elected president and chief executive officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, succeeding retired Navy admiral James O. Ellis, Jr.

Navy career[edit]

Willard is a Los Angeles native. In 1969, he graduated from East Longmeadow High School in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1973. He also holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University and was a fellow at MIT's Seminar XXI.

An F-14 naval aviator, Willard served consecutively in Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24), Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124), and Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) at NAS Miramar, deploying aboard USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Ranger (CV-61), and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). He then joined Navy Fighter Weapons School Top Gun as Operations Officer and Executive Officer, as well as aerial coordinator for the Paramount film Top Gun.

In 1987, Willard reported to Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51), where he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the Screaming Eagles, embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). He subsequently attended Navy Nuclear Power Training before rejoining Carl Vinson as Executive Officer. Willard then commanded the flagships USS Tripoli (LPH-10) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in various operations including Somalia, and the Persian Gulf.

As a flag officer, Willard has served on the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations (Current Readiness and Capabilities); Commander, Carrier Group Five embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); Deputy and Chief of Staff, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Commander, Seventh Fleet, embarked in USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan; and Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (DJ8) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From March 2005 to April 2007, Willard was the 34th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. After, he was the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet from May 8, 2007 until September 25, 2009 when he was relieved by Admiral Patrick M. Walsh. As the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, he was responsible for the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100,000,000 square miles (260,000,000 km2) and more than 170 ships and submarines, 1,300 aircraft, and 122,000 Sailors, Reservists and civilians.

Popular culture[edit]

Willard appeared in and was a consultant for the 1986 film Top Gun. He pilots the MiG-28 that receives "the bird" from Goose and Maverick. His callsign is "Rat," and his podcast is called the Rat-Pac Report.

In March 2010, a video in which Rep. Hank Johnson expressed his concern to Willard that the island of Guam might "capsize" and "tip over" went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views from thehill.com, hotair.com and latimes.com and was ultimately seen over three millions times.[6] Willard reassured the Congressman, "we don't anticipate that," for which he received wide popular admiration.[7][8][9]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 2 golden award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with 3 award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy Commendation Medal with 3 award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Navy Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 bronze service star
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 3 Battle E devices
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 3 bronze service stars
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Silver star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 silver and 1 bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with 3 bronze service stars
JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 1Class BAR.svg Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan, 1st class, Kyokujitsu-Daijusho (旭日大綬章))[1]
AUS Order of Australia (military) BAR.svg Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (Military Division)[10]
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b '外国人叙勲受章者名簿(平成24年)' (in Japanese)
  2. ^ https://fas.org/irp/congress/2009_hr/nominate.html
  3. ^ Keating Passes Pacom Torch to Willard
  4. ^ U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs (May 17, 2007). "Williard assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet". The Dolphin. 
  5. ^ MCC(SW) Stefanie Sealy (September 25, 2009). "Walsh Takes Helm of U.S. Pacific Fleet" (PDF). United States Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office. Retrieved September 28, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100704190706/http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/03/hank-johnson-guam-.html
  8. ^ http://hotair.com/archives/2010/03/31/dem-congressman-if-guam-gets-too-overpopulated-it-might-tip-over/
  9. ^ http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/in-the-know/36-news/3169-rep-hank-johnson-guam-could-tip-over-and-capsize#disqus_thread Archived July 8, 2012, at WebCite
  10. ^ Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, Commonwealth of Australia Special Notices Gazette, 7 March 2012.
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External links[edit]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Timothy J. Keating
Commander of the United States Pacific Command
October 19, 2009 - March 9, 2012
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Locklear
Preceded by
John B. Nathman
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Patrick M. Walsh

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