A native of Baltimore, Rear Adm. Robert Hoppa was designated a naval aviator in 1986. Hoppa graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and was awarded his master’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1992. He graduated from the Naval War College (Seminar) in 1998, the Armed Forces Staff College in 2000 and completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 2012.
Early operational assignments include deploying to the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Middle East (Operation Praying Mantis) as a member of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 32 onboard USS Capodanno (FF 1093) and USS Jack Williams (FFG 24). He subsequently reported to HSL-30 as an instructor pilot. Selected for re-designation as a naval intelligence officer in 1992. He deployed on USS America (CV 66) participating in Operations Deny Flight, Provide Promise, Sharp Guard, Continue Hope and Uphold Democracy.
He has served in the Office of Naval Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N6/7 Warfighting Integration Branch; Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot; Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office and as the senior intelligence officer onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He has held the position of director of Fleet Intelligence and Operational Net Assessments for the U.S. 2nd Fleet; director of Intelligence and Information Warfare for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command; the director for intelligence for the U.S. Joint Forces Command; and director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan. He has served as the director of the National Maritime Intelligence Center/National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office and as the deputy J3 at U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM). His previous assignment was the director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Director of National Intelligence Superior Service and Intelligence Reform Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon.