Bob Osmon was born 13 February 1937 in Zion, Illinois. He attended and graduated from Zion-Benton High School in 1955. He attended Lake Forest College for one year and then entered the United States Naval Academy. He graduated in 1960 and commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy Supply Corps. After attending Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, he reported to his first assignment, the USS Buck (DD 761) homeported in San Diego, CA. Two years later he was assigned to the Amphibious Construction Battalion One in Coronado, CA. Upon being promoted to LT, he had his first overseas assignment in the Canal Zone in Panama on US SOUTHCOM staff and traveled extensively throughout South America.
Bob then volunteered for the submarine force and went to Sub School in Groton, CT. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS George Washington (SSBN 598), the world’s first Polaris missile submarine. He became a qualified underway Officer of the Deck and earned his submarine dolphins while on board making four Polaris patrols. He then reported to the Commander Submarine Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, VA as a staff officer. His next assignment took him to the Naval Supply Center, San Diego, CA where he served both as Materials and Customer Service Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in that billet.
His second overseas tour took him to the country of Turkey where he served as an advisor to the Turkish Navy and learned to speak fluent Turkish. He returned to San Diego and ran the Regional Supply Corps Reserve Program. He then moved up to the position as Director of all Supply Corps Reserve programs in DC. He was promoted to the rank of Captain while serving in that position. From there he went to his third overseas assignment in Naples, Italy as the Logistics Officer for Aviation in the Mediterranean. He came back to the US to serve as Commander of the Defense Contract Administration Office for the New Jersey area, a command of 500 military and civilians. He retired in 1987 with thirty-two years combined Naval service.
Upon retirement, Bob went to the DC area initially serving as a sales representative for the country of Turkey. He also tried his hand working for several government contractors before finding his way down to the Tidewater area working for Newport News Shipbuilding on the Seawolf Submarine Program. He subsequently did two cruises aboard a Military Sealift Command oiler during Desert Storm serving as Supply Officer. At long last, he was hired by the Army at Fort Monroe, VA to serve as a Country Program Manager for the country of Japan and during his twelve years in that position took on the responsibility of a number of other countries as well such as New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, and Bangladesh. Bob retired with a total of 44 years of government service.
Bob has two children: Ted, a government contractor at Wallops Island, VA and, Chris, an independent real estate investor in Lakeland, FL. He has two lovely daughters in law, Carol and Stacey, and two delightful granddaughters, Leah and Sydney. He currently resides in Williamsburg, VA.