Major Robert Sheehan, U.S. National Guard

2023 U.S. Missile Defender of the Year

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­MAJ Sheehan has served as the NCR-IADS Deputy J3 for 4 rotations, and most critically served as a Tactical Director while expertly performing his Deputy J3 duties.  He stands first amongst his peers in knowledge and tenacity and inspires those around him to push the envelope and strive for excellence. He is recognized across the Joint Air Defense community as the best at what he does, integrating GBAD into the Air Defense of the NCR. He Works tirelessly across the JADOC USAF and Army staff to ensure all efforts are coordinated, synchronized, and solidified to meet the commander’s intent for GBAD fires in the complex operational environment of the NCR.

He developed and instituted standardized multiple standard operation procedures that are now deemed as the “gold” standard with crew standardization, FALCON VIRGO exercise protocols, and J3 operations functions and procedures. He organized and planned the Operational Readiness exercise inspection and landed Task Force Atlas the highest possible marks from the 263 AAMDC. His impeccable management skills are essential to the Army and Air Force cohesion efforts for JADOC floor crew operations to run seamlessly for every rotation.

MAJ Sheehan has demonstrated superior performance in leadership, technical/tactical skills, and commitment to his community as well as every task force leadership of Air Defense Operations.

MAJ Sheehan earned his commission through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2003. While there, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. He joined the Florida Army National Guard in 2007 as the Executive Officer for Bravo Battery 3d Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery (ADA), and later took command of the Headquarters Battery. He mobilized to Washington D.C. in support of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) as an ADA Fire Control Officer. In 2011, he returned to 3d Battalion, 265th ADA as the Battalion S4 and mobilized in 2012 to Washington D.C. in support of ONE. In 2015 he served as a Tactical Director for the 164th ADA Brigade and mobilized in support of ONE in 2015 and 2018. In 2019, he deployed to Germany in support of the European Deterrence Initiative with 164th ADA. After redeployment, he mobilized again to D.C. in support of ONE where he currently serves as the Deputy J3.

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