Captain Robert D. Westendorff
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Captain Westendorff is a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. He was commissioned in December 1992 after completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
Captain Westendorff was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1995 in Meridian, Mississippi after flying T-34, T-2, and TA-4 training aircraft. His next assignment was Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO ONE
(VF-101) at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat.
Captain Westendorff’s operational sea assignments include his first deployment with the JOLLY ROGERS of VF-103. His department head tour was with the BLACK ACES of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron FOUR ONE (VFA-41), he commanded VFA-25, the FIST OF THE FLEET, and commanded CARRIER AIR WING ELEVEN (CVW-11).
Shore and staff assignments include instructor pilot and plank owner in VFA-122, the F/A-18E/F Fleet Replacement Squadron. He served as Deputy Division Chief for Training Plans and Assessments, and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Global Operations at United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Captain Westendorff completed a Pentagon tour in the Chief of Naval Operations Programming Division. He served as the Section Head and senior analyst for aviation programming, to include the F/A-18, EA-18G, F-35, MH-60, and other aviation related programs.
Captain Westendorff has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through correspondence, as well as JPME Phase II in residence at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Captain Westendorff reported to COMUSNAVCENT in September 2017.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Air Medal (five), and other personal and unit awards. He has accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours and 900 carrier arrested landings while flying the F-14A, F-14B, F/A-18A-F, and EA-18G.
Captain Westendorff and his wife Dawn have three children, Derek, Amelia, and Alyse.