Captain Robert “Coogs” Coogan of Long Island, N.Y. graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. He is a 2014 graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in National Security Strategy.
CAPT Coogan’s flying assignments at sea include tours with the “Indians” of HS-6 onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70); with the “Emerald Knights” of HS-75 and “Night Dippers” of HS-5 onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69); and deployed as an Individual Augmentee (IA) planning helicopter combat rescue missions for the Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Operation ENDURING FREEDOM) immediately following the 9/11 attacks.
Flying assignments ashore include serving as a T-34C and T-6A Instructor Pilot with the “Warbucks” of VT-4; and as a C-20G (Gulfstream IV) International Transport Aircraft Commander with the with the “Skyliners” of VR-48 where he deployed to Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar as the detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC). Most recently, he served as the Commanding Officer of the “Star Lifters” of VR-1. During his command tour, VR-1 operated a forward detachment out of Kabul airfield supporting the secure flight requirements for the Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (COMUSFOR-A).
Staff assignments include serving as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Navy Reserve; and as the Deputy Director for equipment appropriation policies within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness in the Pentagon.
CAPT Coogan has flown over 4,000 military flight hours in seven different naval aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (two), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (four), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and various unit awards.