Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Robert D. Hufstader, Jr.


Rear Adm. Hufstader enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1962, serving as a Hospital Corpsman in San Diego and Japan during the early years of the Vietnam conflict. He attended the University of California, Irvine, and completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1974. He has also received the Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University. Rear Adm. Hufstader's Navy medical career has included assignments at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, USS Chicago (CG-11), Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.; Naval Medical Clinic, Annapolis, Md.; Naval Hospital, Millington, Tenn.; Commander Fleet Activities, Chinhae, Korea, USS New Jersey (BB-62), and U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He served as Special Assistant to the Surgeon General, Washington, D.C., as Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., as Commanding Officer of the U. S. Naval Hospital, Keflavik, Iceland, and as Deputy Chief, Medical Corps. He commanded Naval Hospital, Pensacola, from 1998 to 2001, when he was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral. He served as the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps from 12 September 2001 to September 2004, when he was assigned as Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command for his final assignment. Awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement, and Navy Good Conduct medals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, a member of the American College of Physician Executives, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice.

Updated: 16 July 2013