Rear Adm. Robertson is a third-generation naval officer. He grew up in various locations near fleet concentration areas. Robertson attended boot camp in 1986 at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, as a non-designated Seaman. Shortly after graduation, he attended the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program, earning a four-year Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship.
Robertson attended Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, and earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He also holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Robertson has served in a highly diverse range of assignments and participated in many campaigns and operations. His sea tours include: 1st division officer onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73); fire control officer onboard USS Normandy (CG 60); weapons/combat systems officer onboard USS Port Royal (CG 73); engineering auxiliaries officer on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); executive officer on USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Robertson commanded USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) during a seven-month counter-narcotics deployment; he also commanded USS Normandy (CG 60), the first Aegis Baseline 9 warship with Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air capability and took her on a nine-month global-circumnavigation deployment, operating in all major naval areas of responsibility. On both ships he commanded, his crew earned the Battle Efficiency Award. Additionally, he served as Air and Missile defense commander for the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
Robertson’s shore assignments include Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) as course supervisor and lead instructor for the Force Air Defense Warfare Commanders Course; Joint Staff, J-8 Directorate as the resources and acquisition manager; commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers Schools (SWOS) Command.
Following his assignment at ATRC in 1999, Robertson spent two years away from active naval service and worked as a weapon systems engineer before voluntarily returning to active duty following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Robertson assumed the duties as commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Command in May 2019.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards) and Navy Achievement Medals (two awards).