In 1989, he reported to the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61),
still under construction in Bath, ME.
As the Ordnance and Nuclear Weapons Officer, he was responsible for all weapons and launching systems aboard the ship and organized professional warfare training for all officers.
Moving from the oldest aircraft carrier in the world to the U.S. Navy's newest warship shaped his appreciation for new technologies and the professional development of our armed forces.
He was selected for special duty as a Navy Public Affairs Officer in 1991. In this role he coordinated community affairs and organizational communications. He served as a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon and then deployed with the Eisenhower Battle Group as Director of Public Affairs for 13 ships and submarines dispersed throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. He then served as Director of Media and Community Relations for the Atlantic Fleet.
He earned a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in 1998, and reported to Submarine Group TWO in Groton, CT. Then, as Public Affairs Director for Navy Region Northeast, he coordinated public affairs for all naval bases in New England, New York and New Jersey. In his last Navy assignment, he was Director of Public Affairs for the United States Sixth Fleet, based in Gaeta, Italy.
After retiring from the Navy in 2003 to pursue further public service in municipal and state government, he completed an MPA at UCONN in 2004. He temporarily moved back to Colorado for two years where he served as an Emergency Manager and City Administrator for the City of Cripple Creek, CO. Upon his return to Salem, CT, he was elected First Selectman in 2007 and continues to serve on the town's Board of Selectman.
In February 2011, Governor Dannel P. Malloy nominated Bob Ross to continue serving as the Executive Director of the Office of Military Affairs, a position he has held since July 2009. His nomination was confirmed by the State Senate in March 2011.
M.A., Public Policy and Administration, University of Connecticut (2004).
M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College Newport, RI (1998).
Certificate, Graduate Studies, Govt. Communication, University of Oklahoma (1997).
B.A. Communication, Bethany College, Bethany, OK (1985).
The LEGION OF MERIT for distinguished public service in European, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. Three MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDALS for meritorious service in the Atlantic Fleet. The NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL for coordinating public affairs. The ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL for outstanding performance in Operation Desert Storm. The JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL for outstanding performance in Operation Restore Democracy. Two NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS for superior performance in Naval Surface Warfare, Navigation and Security Operations. The UCONN DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD for continued commitment and excellence in public administration.
PERSONAL INTERESTS AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES:
Member, Board of Selectmen, Town of Salem, CT (2007-2013)
Commissioner, Connecticut Maritime Commission (2011-2013)
Member, Governor's Veterans Cabinet (2012-2013)
Goodwin College Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Advisory Board (2012-2013)
National Association of Defense Communities Publications Advisory Committee (2012-2013)
President, Town of Salem Historical Society (2012-2013)
Trustee, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT (2010-2013)
Member, State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (2009-2013)
Council Member, UCONN MPA Alumni Association (2009-2012)
Member, Lions Clubs International, Salem, CT (2007-2013)
Member, Board of Directors, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (2010-2011)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Policy, UCONN Graduate School (2009)
Adjunct Professor, Public Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University (2008)
Board Member, Southeastern CT Council of Governments, Norwich, CT (2007-2009)
Member, Connecticut Council of Small Towns (2007-2009)
Graduate, Leadership Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO (2006)
Commissioner, Charter Commission, Town of Salem, CT (2003-2004)
Lead Organizer, U.S. participation in the 1st Special Olympics in Italy (2001-2002)
Member, Board of Directors, International Naval Review, New York, NY (2000)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Norfolk, VA (1995-1996)
Volunteer, Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST), Norfolk, VA (1993-1995)