Rear Adm. (ret) James A. Robb's last assignment was as the Director, Fleet Readiness Division (N43), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. He assumed this position in October 2004. Rear Adm. Robb is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, but was raised in northern Virginia. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, earned a Master’s of Science degree from the University of West Florida in 1973, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974. In 1975, Rear Adm. Robb reported to VF-14 where he participated in the fleet introduction of the F-14. Making two deployments to the Mediterranean and one to the North Atlantic in USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), he was selected as the 1977 Atlantic Fleet Fighter Pilot of the Year for pioneering tactical development of the F-14. Following an instructor tour in VF-101 where he served as Tactics Phase Leader, A-4E adversary instructor and F-14 flight demonstration pilot, Rear Adm. Robb joined VF-32 in Oceana. During this tour VF-32 deployed in support of support of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon, won the Battle "E" and was recognized as the best fighter squadron in the Navy. In July 1983, Rear Adm. Robb reported to the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for duty as Project Pilot and Officer in Charge of Navy/Marine Corps Special Operations flying classified test aircraft in the Tonopah Test Ranges. He was given command of the Screaming Eagles of VF-51 in July 1986 deploying in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and was subsequently assigned to CVW-11 as one of the first Deputy Air Wing Commanders. Here he participated in the Battle Group Foxtrot World Cruise flying five different aircraft types from the deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65). In May 1990, Rear Adm. Robb assumed command of Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun) in San Diego, Calif. He went on to command Carrier Air Wing Nine in Lemoore, Calif., in 1992 deploying in USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to the Arabian Gulf where he served as the Strike Warfare Commander for naval forces operating in support of Operation Southern Watch. Rear Adm. Robb was selected as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Fellow in 1994 and went on to serve as Special Assistant to the CNO for Joint Matters, as Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command, and as Head, Aviation Plans and Requirements Branch (N780) on the Navy Staff. Taking command of Carrier Group Seven in August of 2000, Rear Adm. Robb served as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia and later, embarked in USS John C. Stennis, commanded the sea-based task group covering the maritime approaches to the west coast following 9/11. He also served as the Director, Plans and Policy for U.S. Central Command, coordinating plans, policy and coalition development for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rear Adm. Robb's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (5), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Air Medal (2), and numerous other awards and commendations. He has logged over 4,800 flight hours in 15 different tactical aircraft and 1,050 arrested landings on ten different carriers.