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Rear Admiral Robert M. Nutwell, USN (Ret.)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3ISR and Space


Bob came to the Academy from New Providence High School in New Providence, New Jersey. From the first time he slipped a slide-rule, he was a delight to the Engineering and Math Departments. While maintaining a 3.6 in his own academics, he tutored half the company and wrote monthly for the Trident, for which he was a foreign affairs editor. The Company drew on Bob’s talents not only as a writer and tutor but also as a tight linebacker in lightweight football. Though his main interest lay in nuclear submarines, he was generally acknowledged as an authority on all phases of professional knowledge, much of which he picked in sailing YP’s. The Navy will be richer because of Bob’s drive and interest.

Robert’s Trident Scholar research was titled, “Reduction of Drag in Hydrofoil Ships”


...& Now

Rear Admiral Nutwell graduated from the Naval Academy in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After commissioning, he reported to Naval Air Training Command for flight training. After earning his wings, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 215 out of Lemoore, California.

Rear Admiral Nutwell then attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, earning a Master of Science in Operations Research in 1972. He was then assigned to Attack Squadron 25, again out of Lemoore, California. In 1978, Rear Admiral Nutwell took command of Attack Squadron 105 out of Jacksonville, Florida. He then served as the Executive Officer of the USS Nimitz.

Rear Admiral Nutwell commanded both the USS Trenton and the USS George Washington before becoming the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, European Command.

In 1993, Rear Admiral Nutwell was assigned to commander, Carrier Group Three. His final assignment was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3ISR and Space.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal.

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