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Robert J Natter

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Years of service  1967-2003
Rank  Admiral
Battles/wars  Vietnam War

Name  Robert Natter
Battles and wars  Vietnam War
Other work  Board of directors
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Born  April 9, 1945 (age 70) Trussville, Alabama (1945-04-09)
Commands held  Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command Seventh Fleet USS Antietam USS Chandler
Awards  Silver Star Legion of Merit (5) Bronze Star Purple Heart
Education  United States Naval Academy

Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy

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Admiral Robert Joseph Natter is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command from 2000 to 2003.


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Military career

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Natter was born April 9, 1945 at his home in Trussville, Alabama. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve at the age of 17 as a Seaman Recruit. After one year of enlisted service he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, and graduated in 1967, receiving a commission as an Ensign.

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Natter's service at sea included department head tours in a Coastal Minesweeper and Frigate, and Executive Officer tours in two Amphibious Tank Landing Ships and a Spruance Destroyer USS Hewitt (DD-966). He was Officer-in-Charge of a Naval Special Warfare detachment in Vietnam and commanded USS Chandler (DDG-996), USS Antietam (CG-54), and the United States Seventh Fleet.

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Shore assignments included Company Officer and later Flag Secretary to the Superintendent at the United States Naval Academy; Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Warfare in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV); staff member for the House Armed Services Committee of the 100th Congress of the United States; Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, during Operation Desert Storm; Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for officer and enlisted personnel assignments; Chief on the Navy's Legislative Affairs organization; Director for Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (OPNAV N6), and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations (OPNAV N3/N5).

Natter was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and has master's degrees in both Business Management and International Relations. In May 2000, he was awarded the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.

His awards and decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, and various unit and campaign awards. Other honors include in 1998 the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan, the 1998 Order of National Security Medal from the Republic of Korea, the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the 2003 Ted Williams Military Achievement Award, and the 2004 Naval Order of the United States Distinguished Sea Service Award.

He retired from the Navy in 2003.

Post military

Natter joined the board of directors of United Defense Industries in 2004. He is also President of R.J. Natter & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm, serves on the McDonald’s Corporation Advisory Board; served as Chairman of the United States Naval Academy’s Distinguished Graduate Selection Committee and in May, 2012 became Chairman, Naval Academy Alumni Association's national Board of Trustees


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