Mr. Robert R. Naething

Deputy to the Commanding General, United States Army North (Fifth Army), Fort Sam Houston

Mr.  Robert Naething, a member of the Senior Executive Service in support of the Secretary of the Army, is the Deputy to the Commanding General of United States Army North (Fifth Army) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  U.S. Army North plans and executes operations in support of U.S. Northern Command in the areas of Homeland Defense of North America, Security Cooperation with Mexico and Canada, and Defense Support to Civilian Authorities for disaster relief.  He focuses on strategic requirements and resourcing of the command as it serves simultaneously as a Joint Force Land Component Command, Army Service Component Command and Senior Command of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis.

 

Within his portfolio is executive oversight of budgeting and finance, personnel, logistics, contracting, IT and cyber-security, public affairs, community outreach, Joint Basing cooperation, and facility master planning requirements and execution for Army North—including all regional offices—as well as across Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. He also leads the continuous review of the command’s future missions, tasks, and requirements, and ensures it is structured, organized, and resourced appropriately.   

 

He previously served as the Director of the Mission Command Capabilities Development Integration Directorate at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he led the development of future capabilities required for commanding and leading formations in the U.S. Army.  He was charged with reviewing the projected future environment for the Army and the Nation, and developing the doctrine, organizational structures, training requirements, material solutions, leadership education, personnel systems and facilities to ensure the Army is prepared for those future challenges.

 

Mr. Naething also served as the Acting Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth from December 2011 until August 2012.  He joined the Senior Executive Service in July 2011 after 33 years of distinguished service as a Soldier, NCO, and officer in the United States Army. Prior to joining the SES, Mr. Naething designed, organized, obtained approval and resourcing for, and stood up the Mission Command Center of Excellence and then served as its first Director.

 

Career Chronology:

  • 2013-Present: Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), Fort Sam Houston, TX
  • 2012-2013: Director, Mission Command Capabilities Development Integration Directorate,  U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2011-2012: Acting Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2010-2011: Director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2009-2010: Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center-Leader Development and Education, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2008-2009: Chief of Staff, Joint Advisory Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, OPERATION NEW DAWN
  • 2006-2008: Commander, 16th Calvary Regiment, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, KY
  • 2004-2006: Commander, Operations Group Bravo, later Commander, Operations Group Delta, Battle Command Training Program, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
    • Includes deployment in support of the 1st Cavalry Division, later Multi-National Corps-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
  • 2002-2003: Chief, Stryker Futures Division, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Lewis, WA
  • 2000-2002: Commander, 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea
  • 2000: Chief, Initiatives Group, Third Army, Fort McPherson, GA
  • 1998-2000:  Aide-de-Camp, Commanding General, Third Army, Fort McPherson, GA
    • Includes deployments in support of OPERATION DESERT THUNDER, OPERATION DESERT THUNDER II and OPERATION DESERT FOX
  • 1996-1998: S-3, later Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX
  • 1993-1995: Assistant Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • 1990-1991: Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX
    • Includes support to OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and OPERATION DESERT STORM
  • 1989-1990: Commander, Bravo Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX
  • 1988-1989: S-1, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX
  • 1984-1987: Platoon Leader, Delta Company; later Executive Officer, Bravo Company; later Battalion Motor Officer and Assistant S-3, 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment (redesignated the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment), Germany
  • 1980-1984: Administrative Specialist, later Drill Sergeant, 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), Clinton, OK

 

College:

  • Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College (2004)
  • Masters of Art in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1993)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (1983)

 

Significant Training:

  • U.S. Army War College (2004)
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1996)

 

Awards and Honors:

  • Superior Civilian Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal