Navy commander to address ROTC graduates

Author: Shannon Chapla


Vice Adm. Robert T. Conway Jr., commander of Navy Installations Command in Washington, D.C., will deliver the Commissioning Ceremony address to University of Notre Dame ROTC students at 9 a.m. Saturday (May 17) in the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Responsible for all Navy installations and activities worldwide, Conway has held joint and Navy positions overseas and in both the Pacific and Atlantic fleets and served in leadership positions aboard the USS Vesole, Towers, Bainbridge and Gridley.He commanded the USS John Young and Destroyer Squadron 7 in San Diego and the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific in Hawaii, and he was a member of the original crew of the Navys first Expeditionary Strike GroupExpeditionary Strike Group One/Peleliu Strike Group.

Ashore, Conway served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bureau of Naval Personnel and Operational Test and Evaluation Force (Pacific), and at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and Naval Facility Cape Hatteras.He also commanded Navy Region Pearl Harbor and Task Force Warrior.

Conway was graduated from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., in 1972 and was commissioned the same year.He earned his masters degree from Providence University and later was graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Conways personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and Navy Commendation Medal (two awards).

A total of 53 officers from Notre Dames ROTC unitsthe Army, 9; the Air Force, 16; the Navy, 24; and the Marines, 4will be commissioned.

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