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Robert S. Gerosa Jr.

Rank(s): Commander

Dates of Service: 8/14/2015 - 11/3/2017

Birth Date: 10/8/1972

Robert Gerosa was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. He graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1990 and from Providence College in May 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in history. He was selected to attend Naval Officer Candidate School and upon completion was commissioned an ensign in September 1997.

He was first assigned to the USS Nassau (LHA 4) from 1998 to 2000 as the Propulsion Division officer and electrical officer. During his tenure, Nassau deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and supported NATO operations during the Kosovo Campaign. In May 2000, Gerosa transferred to the guided missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) as the Combat Information Center officer and assistant operations officer. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Ramage was the first ship in the Atlantic Fleet to sortie off the East Coast of the United States to provide extended radar coverage for Washington D.C. and New York City. Ramage went on to deploy overseas in support of operations “Noble Eagle” and “Enduring Freedom.”

In March 2003, Gerosa was selected as a lieutenant to attend the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated in June 2004 with a Master’s of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies. In March 2005, he reported to the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) as first lieutenant. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Whidbey Island became part of Task Force Katrina and conducted humanitarian and disaster relief assistance in the Gulf states. In July 2006, he transferred to Amphibious Squadron Two/Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group as the staff operations officer/N3. He also served as the amphibious staff officer for CTF 51/59 at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Gerosa’s shore assignments include director of operations and support for the Naval War College International Programs, aide-de-camp for the Director of Expeditionary Warfare Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, in-service amphibious ships resource officer, and expeditionary warfare lead instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School.

Gerosa has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), the Army Achievement Medal, and various other service and campaign awards.

Gerosa assumed command of USS Constitution on August 14, 2015 while the ship was in dry dock for a multi-year restoration period. He oversaw the ship’s successful re-float out of dry dock in July 2017. During his tenure as commanding officer, Constitution earned its sixth Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Upon completion of his tour as commanding officer of Constitution, Gerosa reported to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV) in Washington, D.C.


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