Robert W Witzleb
Oceanography Branch Head
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
1200 Navy Pentagon
Washington DC 20350-1200
Robert Litzleb is the United States Navy's Oceanography Branch Head in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. An Eagle Scout from Phillipsburg, Ohio, he enlisted in 1984. After completing Electronics Technician and Nuclear Power Schools CDR Litzeb received a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a BS degree in oceanography (1992). After graduation, he was assigned to the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy while awaiting flight training. CDR Witzleb was designated a Naval Aviator in 1995. After tours with VF-101 and VF-2 in USS Constellation flying the F-14D Tomcat, CDR Witzleb was approved for transfer to the Navy's meteorology and oceanography community. After a qualifying tour at the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Command in Norfolk, CDR Witzleb reported to the Naval Postgraduate School where he graduated with an MS degree in meteorology and physical oceanography (2001). CDR Witzleb then reported to the Naval Oceanographic Office's Fleet Survey Team. During this tour he received an MS degree in hydrographic science (2003) from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as designation as a Naval Hydrographer. His deployments included Iraq and Kuwait for hydrographic surveys in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and he participated in the Nauticos Corporation's deep ocean search for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra aircraft near Howland Island in the Pacific. In 2004, CDR Witzleb reported as the Oceanographer to Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO where he qualified as a Staff Tactical Action Officer, Battle Watch Captain, and Tomahawk Strike Officer. In 2005 he reported to the Naval Oceanography Operations Command as the Deputy Director for Mine Warfare where he developed initiatives for the Navy's role in Maritime Homeland Defense including the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center with the Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Platoon. In 2007 CDR Witzleb joined the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in Resources, Requirements and Assessments. In 2008 CDR Witzleb was assigned to the United States Sixth Fleet Fleet in Naples, Italy as the Staff Oceanographer, Deputy Operations Officer, and the Tomahawk Time Sensitive Targeting Officer. He was most recently the Commanding Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, California. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards. CDR Witzleb and his wife Mary have two sons.