Born in Limestone, Maine on January 13th of 1965, Bob joined the Army in May of 1984 at the age of nineteen along with his identical twin brother John. The brothers enlisted as infantrymen and together attended and graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program and were subsequently both assigned to the newly reactivated 3rd Ranger Battalion in Fort Benning, GA. After three years with the Regiment, both brothers left the Army. But Bob, whose call of duty still lingered, re-enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion as a team leader and Ranger Instructor. After three years with RTB, Bob volunteered for the Special Forces. Graduating from the 18B (Weapons Sergeant) course. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, NC. I’m not sure what year Bob made it into Delta Force but it must have been 2000 at the latest.
In the book The Mission, The Men, and Me by former Delta Squadron Commander Pete Blaber; Bob is mentioned extensively as a key member during Operation Anaconda as part of Blaber’s AFO (Advanced Force Operations) task force. At the time of Anaconda (March 2002), Bob was already a seasoned member of Delta’s Reconnaissance (“Recce”) troop – a position in Delta where the more experienced assaulters go. In one section of the book, Blaber wrote this about Bob:
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