Mr. Richard B. Landolt is the Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe (SECDEFREPEUR) and the Defense Advisor (DEFAD) to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Brussels, Belgium. As SECDEFREPEUR, he is responsible for planning, coordinating, and monitoring Department of Defense (DoD) policies, programs, and initiatives throughout Europe, on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. As DEFAD, he is responsible for the formulation, coordination, and presentation of DoD policies to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO.
In 2014, Mr. Landolt retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy after 32 years of service as a Surface Warfare Officer. During his service, he commanded at sea five times, commanding three ships (USS Gladiator, USS Ardent, and USS Fort McHenry), a four-ship Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON-11), and as Commander, Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet, headquartered out of Okinawa, Japan. During this last tour, he led or had ships involved in five Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions throughout Asia, which also included providing assistance to the Government of Japan during the 2011 tsunami.
His tours ashore include two on NATO staffs—first in 1992-94 as a communications planner then in 2005-07 as the executive assistant for Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy.
In 2007-08, as a Flag officer, he served on the Navy Staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare and later as the Director, International Engagement. Before retiring, he last served as the Director of Operations/Cyber (J3) for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Before assuming his current position, Mr. Landolt was the Executive Director, Public Safety, for the City of Mobile, Alabama. In this capacity, Mr. Landolt had oversight of the Police and Fire-Rescue Departments. He was also a Senior Analyst at the Center for Naval Analysis, a federally funded research and development center serving the Department of the Navy and other defense agencies.
Mr. Landolt is a native of Suffern, New York, but was raised in New Jersey and Florida. He received his commission via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia.