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Robert S. Harward
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Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward
Nickname Bob
Place of birth Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Flag of the United States Navy.png United States Navy
Years of service 1975-present
Rank Vice Admiral
Unit U.S. Navy SEALs
Commands held Deputy Commander, USCENTCOM
SEAL Team 3
Naval Special Warfare Group 1
Task Force K-Bar
Task Force 561
NSC Director of Strategy and Defense Issues
Battles/wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Jr. is a Navy SEAL and the current Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command. He served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and previously commanded Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Harward was born into a Navy family in Newport, Rhode Island. Harward graduated from Tehran American School in 1974. After graduation from the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport he was awarded a fleet appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1979. Harward is also a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, the Naval Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Security Affairs, served as a federal executive fellow at RAND and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Foreign Policy program.

Naval careerEdit

Harward reported to Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport with follow-on orders to the USS Scott (DDG-995). After completion of a South American deployment in support of Unitas XXIV, he was ordered to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) where he graduated as the honor man of Class 128.

As a Navy SEAL officer Harward was platoon commander of SEAL Team 3, an assault team leader and operations officer at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, the executive officer of Naval Special Warfare Unit 1 and then the commanding officer SEAL Team 3. Harward was later appointed Naval Special Warfare task group commander for Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait, Joint Special Operations task force commander for Operation Rugged Nautilus and deputy commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia.

Harward assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in August 2001 and deployed shortly after September 11, 2001, to Afghanistan. He commanded Task Force K-Bar and directed special reconnaissance and direct action missions throughout the country. In October 2002, Harward deployed as Commander, Task Force 561 where he commanded Naval Special Warfare Task Group Central in Iraq. His forces included all the assets in the Naval Special Warfare inventory as well as forces from the Polish GROM, the United Kingdom Royal Marines and the Kuwaiti Navy.

Harward reported to the Executive Office of the President at the White House in August 2003. He served on the National Security Council staff as the director of Strategy and Defense Issues. In April 2005, Harward was assigned to the newly formed National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, as the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the Senior Interagency Strategy Team.

From June 2006 to July 2008, Harward served as the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and has served multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Nov. 3, 2008, Harward assumed the position of Deputy Commander, United States Joint Forces Command.

In 2011, Harward was reappointed to the rank of Vice Admiral and assigned to the position of Deputy Commander, United States Central Command.[2]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Defense Distinguished Service ribbon.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg
Defense Superior Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze Star ribbon.svg
Bronze Star with valor device and two gold award stars
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with gold award star
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg
Joint Service Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold award star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold award star
Gold star
Combat Action Ribbon.svg
Combat Action Ribbon with gold award star
Bronze star
US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png
Navy Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze service star
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
AFEMRib.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service ribbon.svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service ribbon Humanitarian Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four bronze service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with two bronze service stars
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar NATO Medal for Yugoslavia
GER Bundeswehr Honour Cross Silver ribbon Bundeswehr Silver Cross of Honor
USN Expert Rifle Ribbon Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. Robert Garnard (2010-01-08). "Joint Task Force 435 Stands Up, Directs Afghanistan Detainee Operations". Dvidshub. Archived from the original on 2010-01-20. 


  1. "Official Navy Biography". United States Navy. 

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