Captain Robert Betts, Executive Officer

XO CAPT Rob BettsCaptain Rob Betts, a 1999 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology, received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2002. Betts holds a master’s degree in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulations (MOVES) from the Naval Postgraduate School; and advanced certifications in Program Management and Engineering from Defense Acquisition University.

Betts served an operational tour with the World Famous Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, deploying aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with Carrier Airwing 11 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Betts’ major acquisition tours include deputy for the F-35 Lightning II Human Factors Integration Team and Joint Cockpit Working Group; integrated product team lead for the AIM-9X Block II and Block II+; assistant program manager for systems engineering for the F-35C; executive assistant to the F-35 Lightning II Program Executive Officer; program manager for F-35 Training Systems and Simulations; and the Ready Relevant Learning Training System Program Manager.

Captain Betts’ personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, and numerous unit awards and citations.