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. As SECDEFREPEUR, Mr. Landolt is responsible for planning, recommending, coordinating, and monitoring Department of Defense (DoD) policies, programs, and initiatives throughout Europe. As DEFAD, he is responsible for the formulation, coordination, and presentation of DoD policies to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO.
Before assuming his current position, Mr. Landolt was the Executive Director, Public Safety, for the City of Mobile, Alabama. In this capacity, Mr. Landolt was responsible for the Police Department, Fire-Rescue Department, and Safety and Performance Department.
In 2014, Mr. Landolt retired as a Rear Admiral after 32 years of service as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. During his service he had Command at Sea 5 times, commanding 3 ships (USS Gladiator, USS Ardent, and USS Fort McHenry), a 4-ship Amphibious Squadron, and as Commander, Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet, headquartered out of Okinawa, Japan.
His tours ashore include two on NATO staffs. First as a communications planner, and later as the executive assistant for Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. At the Pentagon, he served as Director, International Engagement on the Navy Staff. Other shore tours include assignments with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel staff as the assistant for long range plans. In his most recent assignment, he served as Director of Operations/Cyber (J3) for U.S. Africa Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany from April 2012 through January 2014.
Richard Landolt is a native of Suffern, New York, but was raised in New Jersey and Florida. He received his commission via the Navy 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.