The Africa Center lost a trusted colleague and good friend March 28 with the passing of Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller, U.S. Navy (ret.). Admiral Mueller had served as a Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Africa Center since September 2010 following his retirement from active military duty.
Prior to joining the Africa Center, Admiral Moeller had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. He served as the Deputy Commander for Military Operations, U.S. Africa Command, from August 2007 to April 2010. In the fall of 2006, Admiral Moeller was selected to be the Director of the U.S. Africa Command Transition Team which developed the plans to establish the Department of Defense’s newest Geographic Combatant Command.
Admiral Moeller also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, Policy and Training (N3N5N7) and as Director for Operations (J3), Joint Task Force (JTF) – 519 for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, from May 2001 through August 2003. He served as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1/Commander, Ronald Reagan Strike Group, from August 2003 through August 2004. The Admiral served as the Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5) and as Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Central Command, from August 2004 through August 2007.
Admiral Moeller was a 1974 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and held a masters degree in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.