Colonel Bob  Charette

Colonel Bob Charette

Director Expeditionary Energy
United States Marine Corps

Colonel Bob "Brutus" Charette Jr. was born in Scranton, PA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1985 and attended boot camp at Parris Island, SC. He then attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA and was commissioned August 1986. He has earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from Delaware Valley College (1986), Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (2002), and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College (2007).

Major professional schools attended; The Basic School (1986), Naval Fight Training (1988), FA-18 Flight Training (1989), Navy Fighter Weapons School (1991), Tactical Air Control Party School (1993), Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (1994), and Aviation Safety Officers course (1998), Army Command and General Staff College (2000-2001), Marine Corps Commanders course (2004), and the National War College (2007).

Units served and billets; VMFA-235 Embarkation and Pilot Training Officer (1989-1993), 3d Battalion/3d Marines Air Officer and Operations Officer (1993), VMFA-312 Admin Officer and Pilot Training Officer (1993-1995). VMFA-451 Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer (1995-1997), Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 FA-18 Instructor, Director of Safety and Standardization, and Tactical Aircraft Department Head (1997-2000). I Marine Expeditionary Force G-5 CENTCOM Planner (2001), Task Force-58 Air Officer (2001-2002), VMFA-314 Executive Officer (2002-2003), VMFA-323 Commanding Officer (2003-2005), Marine Aircraft Group-11 Operations Officer (2005-2006). Joint Staff J8, Chief Joint Requirements Oversight Council Secretariat (2007-2009). Joint Chief of Staff Working Group, USMC Representative (2009). Director, Expeditionary Energy Office (2009-Present) as such Col Charette is tasked with analyzing, developing and directing the USMC Energy Strategy.

Participated directly in the following combat operations; Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait/Iraq (1991), Operation Southern Watch, Iraq (1995), Operation Deliberate Force, Bosnia (1995), Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2001-2002), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq (2005). He also participated in three deployments to the Western Pacific, two in support of the Unit Deployment Program (1992 and 1996). In addition, Col Charette has made three deployments afloat, one aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) with Carrier Air Wing 8 (1995), and two aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with Carrier Air Wing 9 (2003 and 2005).

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Air Medal with combat distinguishing device, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award numeral six, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device and two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and seven Sea Service Deployment ribbons. He has earned "Top Ten" honors with Carrier Air Wing 8 and Carrier Air Wing 9. Col Charette was awarded the 1996, "Alfred A. Cunningham Award" for being selected as the Marine Corps' Aviator of the Year. Colonel Charette is married to the former Donna Nardini of Thornwood, New York. They have two sons, Robert and John.