OMA: Biography - Ross

Robert T. Ross

Executive Director -- Office of Military Affairs

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Bob Ross is Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs.  He was originally appointed in July 2009 and reappointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.   He serves as an advisor to the Governor and legislature on defense industry issues and is the primary liaison to the Connecticut congressional delegation on military and defense matters.  He is responsible for coordinating state-wide efforts to protect Connecticut military bases and facilities from closure in future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds.  He also represents the state in local efforts to enhance the quality of life for service members and military families residing in or deploying from Connecticut.


He is a retired naval officer who piloted aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers before directing public affairs for the U.S. Sixth Fleet, encompassing naval operations ashore and at sea in the Mediterranean, European and North African areas of responsibility.   He also served as a spokesman at the Pentagon and was director of media operations and community relations for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

He holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Connecticut.   As a former City Administrator for the City of Cripple Creek, Colorado, and former First Selectman (Mayor) of the Town of Salem, Connecticut, he has decades of experience in federal, state and municipal government.  He is a Commissioner on the Connecticut Maritime Commission, Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and former Adjunct Professor of Public Policy in the UCONN Graduate School.  He is a recipient of the UCONN Distinguished Alumni award for continued commitment and excellence in public administration, and was selected as the 2014 Association of Defense Communities Member of the Year.

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