Captain Robert Osterhoudt, Commanding Officer
Captain Robert Osterhoudt is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. He received his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School as part of the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program in September 1990. Captain Osterhoudt was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October of 1991.
A graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), his career includes operational sea assignments with Fighter Squadron 32, twice with Fighter Squadron 103, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, and Deputy Commander and Commander of Carrier Air Wing 11.
Assignments to shore and staff billets include: the F-14 Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic (SWATSLANT) as a Tactics Instructor and the Readiness Department Head; Fighter Squadron 101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as the Standardization and Assistant Training Officer; Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet in San Diego, California and the DCNO for Naval Warfare Requirements and Programs (N7); the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, USJFCOM; the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for the program and budget analysis of all Navy TACAIR programs to include the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35), FA-18E/F, E-2D, EA-18G, and Navy Unmanned Systems; a brief assignment as the Battle Director, Combined Air and Space Operating Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; and as Chief of Staff at Carrier Strike Group 15, responsible for training and certifying Pacific Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and independently deploying surface combatants.
Captain Osterhoudt has completed JPME Phase I through the Naval War College's correspondence program as well as JPME Phase II through the Joint Forces Staff College. He also holds a MBA in Strategic Leadership from Trident University.
Captain Osterhoudt assumed duties as the Commanding Officer / Professor of Naval Science at the University of South Carolina in June 2018.
He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated more than 3,850 flight hours and 1,110 carrier-arrested landings.