UNITED STATES NAVY
CDR Robert Hill is from Visalia, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he was a member of the Bruin Battalion of the NROTC Unit Los Angeles Consortium. He graduated with a BS in Biology and was commissioned in 1996.
Following completion of Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype, CDR Hill served aboard his first submarine, USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739), home ported in Kings Bay, Georgia and completed five Strategic Deterrent Patrols. Following his Junior Officer tour on NEBRASKA, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he graduated with distinction with an MS in Engineering Acoustics.
CDR Hill began his Department Head tour as the Navigator/Operations Officer on USS PORTSMOUTH (SSN 707) in San Diego, California. When PORTSMOUTH decommissioned several months later, he transferred to USS LA JOLLA in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to continue on as LA JOLLA’s (SSN 701) Navigator/Operations Officer. Following his tour on LA JOLLA, which included a Western Pacific Deployment, he served as the Branch Chief of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC) Submarine Analysis Group.
CDR Hill served as the Executive Officer aboard USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762) from 2009-2011 in a tour that included another Western Pacific Deployment. He then transferred to the Submarine Development Squadron (COMSUBDEVRON) TWELVE Tactical Analysis Group (TAG) where he served as the representative to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In this role, he was embedded in the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) staff as the Tactical Development Officer for the Submarine Force in the Pacific. When the TAG became part of the newly-formed Undersea Warfighting Development Center, he stood up Detachment Pearl Harbor where he completed his tour as Officer in Charge.