Capt. Robert B. Chadwick, II, was recently selected to be the 87th Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He is an alumnus of the Naval Academy Class of 1991.
The Naval Academy Commandant is similar to the Dean of Students at a civilian university, and is responsible for the day-to-day conduct, military training and professional development of more than 4,400 midshipmen. Chadwick will replace the current Commandant, Marine Col. Steve Liszewski, who will depart later this summer after a very successful two-year tour.
Chadwick currently serves as the Director, Commander’s Action Group of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“I have always considered the Naval Academy to be a lodestar for leadership development of our future Navy and Marine Corps junior officers,” said Chadwick. “The values, standards and relationships learned in the Brigade of Midshipmen form a foundation that will go with them in the Fleet and for the rest of their lives. I am truly honored to be entrusted with such a meaningful responsibility for their professional education.”
Chadwick was born in Bethesda, Md. and was raised in a Navy family. After graduating from USNA, he began his career at sea aboard USS BARRY (DDG 52) as gunnery officer and then Navigator. Follow-on sea tours included duty as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), Executive Officer in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), and Chief Staff Officer, Destroyer Squadron 24 in Mayport, Fla.
Chadwick assumed command of USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) in November 2009. During his command tour, ROOSEVELT deployed in support of operations off the east coast of Africa and was awarded the Battle “E” for 2010 and 2011. Most recently, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 21, completing a deployment to Seventh Fleet with JOHN C STENNIS Strike Group.
Ashore assignments have included duty as Flag Aide to Director, Surface Warfare Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Flag Aide to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, strategic planner at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla., Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and National War College in Washington, D.C.
Chadwick earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
He holds various decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was awarded the 2011 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.