Press Release for Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Navy Admiral Discusses Emerging Issues in Asia and United States Impact

Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Robert Natter will discuss “Emerging Issues in Asia and the Impact on the United States” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, at the Student Union Auditorium (Building 58W, Room 2704) on the University of North Florida campus.



Natter served as commander for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command from 2000 to 2003. His service at sea included department head tours in a costal minesweeper and frigate, and executive officer tours in two amphibious tank landing ships and a Spruance destroyer. Additionally, he was officer-in-charge of a Naval special warfare detachment in Vietnam and commanded USS Chandler (DDG-996), USS Antietam (CG-54), and the United States Seventh Fleet.    

Some of the highlights of Natter’s shore assignments include executive assistant to the director of Naval Warfare in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; staff member for the House Armed Services Committee of the 100th Congress of the United States; executive assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, during Operation Desert Storm.


He has acquired numerous awards and decorations, including the Silver Star, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, and various unit and campaign awards.


Other honors include the 1988 Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan, the 1998 Order of National Security Medal from the Republic of Korea, the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the 2003 Ted Williams Military Achievement Award and the 2004 Naval Order of the United States Distinguished Sea Service Award.


Natter was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and has master’s degrees in both business management and international relations. In May 2000, he was awarded the Naval War College’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.



This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Intercultural Center for PEACE at UNF. For more information, contact Christine Bender at (904) 620-2842 or by e-mail at