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Robert Philip Swartz


Bob grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and Fayetteville (a suburb of Syracuse), New York. After graduating from Jamesville-DeWitt High School, he entered Colgate University and graduated with an A.B degree in 1961.

He then entered the Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Graduating from the Navy OCS in 1962 and being commissioned an Ensign, USNR. After a one-year assignment on the Midway Island Naval Station, in 1963 he reported aboard the USS Valley Forge (LPH8), homeported in Long Beach, California. An LPH being a Helicopter Landing Platform, involved with transporting and supporting U.S Marine personnel and their helicopters, ordnance, personal items. Much of 1964 and early 1965 was spent aboard ship, assigned to the Seventh Fleet and homeported in Subic Bay, Philippines. The first seven months of 1964 were involved in transporting Marine troops, helicopters, ordnance, provisions between Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and U.S. Navy ships on the Pacific. He was assigned to the
Weapons Department and served as the shipboard Division Officer in charge of the G (Ordnance Spaces and Storage) and subsequently the Fox (Fire Control) Divisions. On August 5, 1964, the USS Valley Forge was ordered to war service in the waters off the coast of Vietnam. For the greater part of three months the Valley Forge was in Condition Three or at General Quarters status off the coast of Vietnam. From November 1964 to August 1965, the Valley Forge and he were actively engaged in supporting the war effort through military personnel and logistic movements widely throughout the Pacific Area. As a Division Officer he had the responsibility for 25 to 45 men. At General Quarters he was in charge of Sky One as a Director Officer and about 30 men engaged in the Fire Control or computer operations and the loading, firing operations of a 5" 38 Gun Mount. Bob was awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary- Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was discharged from active duty service with the U.S. Navy in Long Beach, California, in August 1965.

Thereupon, he entered and later graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, being awarded an MBA degree in 1967. He then had over twenty years of financial
management experience with major American firms i.e., Xerox, American Express, and American International Group. Then, another twenty-plus years of administration, finance, and information technology management experience with the Department of Defense in Boston, MA, and northern Virginia. He retired from Federal service in December 2011. For the past two years he has been actively engaged in an entrepreneurial project i.e., the marketing of a unique business game, providing guidance and support to a potentially major art exhibition, and volunteering with the National Park Service, the Reston Association, and the Veterans Administration. He earned an A.B. degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1961 and an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967. He is Single and lives in Reston, Virginia. He has volunteered on a regular basis at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial since the Spring of 2013

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