Robert Harward

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Harward reported to Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport with follow-on orders to the USS Scott (DDG-995). After completion of a South American deployment in support of Unitas XXIV, he was ordered to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) where he graduated as the honor man of Class 128 in July 1984. As a Navy SEAL officer Harward served as platoon commander in SEAL Team 3 and then completed selection and training course for assignment in 1988 to Naval Special Warfare Development Group, where he served as assault team leader and operations officer. Harward later earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Harward served staff and command tours including Naval Special Warfare task group commander for Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait; Joint Special Operations task force commander for Operation Rugged Nautilus; deputy commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia. ; Special Warfare Plans officer for Commander Amphibious Forces U. S. Seventh Fleet; Aide-de-Camp to Commander-in-Chief, USSOCOM; executive officer of Naval Special Warfare Unit 1 and commanding officer SEAL Team 3