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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
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
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
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 - Extended
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard - Extended
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
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard Lecture- Preview
2011 Admiral Robert F. Willard Lecture- Preview
Published: 2011/09/16
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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
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
Visiting US commander in Pacific holds presser
Visiting US commander in Pacific holds presser
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: AP Archive
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: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Hank Johnson (Congress D-GA) - Warns Guam May Capsize
Hank Johnson (Congress D-GA) - Warns Guam May Capsize
Published: 2010/04/01
Channel: SpeakUpFightBack
Admiral Willard RTM2 English News Coverage
Admiral Willard RTM2 English News Coverage
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Jubilation! - "Change in My Life" (Fall 2017)
Jubilation! - "Change in My Life" (Fall 2017)
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: JubilationCU
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
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
Robert Willard FON
Robert Willard FON
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: New Russia Cultural Center
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
HBO Mini Series The Pacific - Commander Robert Willard
HBO Mini Series The Pacific - Commander Robert Willard
Published: 2010/03/05
Channel: Bruce Fisher
Gymnast Robert Willard
Gymnast Robert Willard
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: Amber Miller
Robert A Willard Rocks!
Robert A Willard Rocks!
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: Robert A. Willard
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
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
"Clack Clack" - John Stewart
"Clack Clack" - John Stewart's Memorial to Robert F. Kennedy
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Steve Kosareff
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
East Longmeadow High School 1969 Track Meet Highlights
East Longmeadow High School 1969 Track Meet Highlights
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: ELHS1970
Pacific Command Undergoes Change In Leadership
Pacific Command Undergoes Change In Leadership
Published: 2009/10/21
Channel: KITV
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
Willard High School Football
Willard High School Football
Published: 2017/09/10
Channel: Macey Quigg
Benjamin H. Freedman 1961 speech
Benjamin H. Freedman 1961 speech
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: ROL G
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
Willard
Willard's Greeting
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: Michelle Walsh
Joseph Nye vesves Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Joseph Nye vesves Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Published: 2018/01/20
Channel: Tracy Mundt
Robert Willard - Voice of Meccabingo.com competition
Robert Willard - Voice of Meccabingo.com competition
Published: 2011/07/07
Channel: Mecca Cwmbran
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
Guam Capsizing - Hank Johnson
Guam Capsizing - Hank Johnson
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: InfMin
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
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Joseph Nye & Admiral Robert Willard on leadership
Published: 2011/03/02
Channel: HarvardCPL
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
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Fuck You Bitch
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Fuck You Bitch
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: WheelerWalkerJrVEVO
Impacting Guam
Impacting Guam
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: LYON 1961
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
JFK Tapes -  New York Newspapers Strike (W. Willard Wirtz)
JFK Tapes - New York Newspapers Strike (W. Willard Wirtz)
Published: 2018/01/19
Channel: JFK Tapes
China To Launch 1st Aircraft Carrier By 2012
China To Launch 1st Aircraft Carrier By 2012
Published: 2010/03/26
Channel: MidNightRider2001
[ACA RETREAT] 218 - 50 Shades Medley
[ACA RETREAT] 218 - 50 Shades Medley
Published: 2016/03/05
Channel: A Cappella Academy
Def Leppard Foolin
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Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: Robert Willard
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 24, 2011
AROUND THE SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 24, 2011
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Images of Freedom
Mt Hutt, NZ 12th Aug 2010 - Sleeping Beauty
Mt Hutt, NZ 12th Aug 2010 - Sleeping Beauty
Published: 2010/08/17
Channel: Mark Playdon
Willard Says Japan Nuclear Situation Improving Daily
Willard Says Japan Nuclear Situation Improving Daily
Published: 2011/04/12
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Robert F. Willard
CDRUSPACOM ADM Willard.jpg
Born (1950-12-05) December 5, 1950 (age 67)
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.[citation needed]

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 million 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
U.S. 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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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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