Rear Adm. Robert Greene was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, May 1982. Following graduation, he completed the Nuclear Power initial pipeline training in February 1984.
Greene’s tours as a surface warfare officer included: Auxiliaries Division officer, USS Nimitz (CVN 68); first lieutenant and communications officer, USS Briscoe (DD 977); tactical action officer (TAO) instructor, Fleet Combat Training Center, where he was awarded the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Instructor of the year for 1989.
Greene played an active role in Neon Falcon 1999, 2001 and Bright Star 2000. His five command tours were with Navy Computers and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Atlantic (NCTAMSLANT) Det. 106, Shore Intermediate Maintenance Availability (SIMA) Det. 8, Naval Special Warfare Group Two Det 107, Harbor Defense Command 207 and Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCW) 26. As the commander of NCW-26, he was mobilized and deployed to Kuwait from December 2005 to September 2006, responsible for port security in the region and earning his Command at Sea pin. He is most proud to have served with shipmates who together earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation upon return from deployment.
His follow-on assignments include principal advisor to the chief of Strategic Affairs, N1, directly supporting the chief of naval personnel in directorate roadmap development to bring FIT 2016 to the fleet; deputy director, Navy Staff, overseeing six Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) reserve units as the director, Navy Staff’s operations support officer (OSO) and senior advisor in antiterrorism to the commander, U. S. Fleet Forces Command.
Greene is a Level II joint specialty officer (JSO). His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Greene’s most recent assignment was deputy director, J3, European Plans and Operations Center (ECJ-3), and director, Interagency Partnering (ECJ-9R), United States European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. He currently serves as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. Greene is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and holds the position as head, Asset Optimization, for over 60 power plants with GDF SUEZ Energy North America located in Houston, Texas.