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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.

Robert J. Natter
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Admiral Robert J. Natter
Born (1945-04-09) April 9, 1945 (age 74)
Trussville, Alabama
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1962-1963 / 1967-2003
Commands held
  • Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command
  • Seventh Fleet
  • USS Antietam
  • USS Chandler
Battles/warsVietnam War
Other workBoard of Directors, United Defense Industries

Military careerEdit

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.[1]

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 the USS Chandler (DDG-996), USS Antietam (CG-54), and the United States Seventh Fleet.[2]

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).[2]

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.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Post militaryEdit

Natter joined the board of directors of United Defense Industries in 2004.[4] 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.[5][3] He was one of the Naval Academy's 2019 Distinguished Graduate selections.[6]


External linksEdit

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