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Photo of Captain ConwayCaptain Robert E. Conway
USN (Ret.)

  • Manager of Quality Engineering, Worldwide Safety and Assurance, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Former, Director of the School of Naval Aviation Safety
  • Former, Assistant Vice President - Safety, Commander Naval Air Forces

Captain (retired) Robert Conway hails from Baltimore, Maryland and received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. He reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola Florida in July 1985 and earned his wings in August 1986.

In March 1987, Captain Conway completed training in the SH-3H Seaking with the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron ONE (HS-1) Seahorses and in April 1987 reported to the Red Lions of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) assigned to CARRIER AIRWING SIX. During this tour he completed Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployments onboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) in support of Operation Earnest Will. He returned to HS-1 in December 1989 as an FRS instructor pilot and in April 1992 reported to USS SARATOGA (CV 60) as a catapult and arresting gear officer where he participated in operations off Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Adriatic Sea in 1992 and again in 1994. In 1994 he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned his Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering graduating with distinction. Transitioning to the H-60 F/H at HS-10 from October 1996 to May 1997, Captain Conway returned to HS-15 in July 1997 as head of the Aviation Safety, Training and finally the Operations departments. From September 1999 to April 2002, he was assigned to the COMHSWINGPAC Weapons and Tactics Unit where he served as Officer-in-Charge.

In August 2002, Captain Conway reported to the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIVE (HS-5) NIGHTDIPPERS as Executive Officer and assumed command in November of 2003. HS-5 deployed to the Persian Gulf with CARRIER AIRWING SEVEN in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and won both the Battle “E” and Safety “S” for 2004. He left the NIGHTDIPPERS in January 2005 and reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) as Navigator supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle from April 2005 to April 2007. Captain Conway served as Commander Naval Air Forces Assistant Chief of Staff, Safety from May 2007 to January 2010 and as the Director of the School of Naval Aviation Safety at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl from January 2010 until his retirement from active duty in September 2012. Captain (ret.) Conway is currently the Manager of Quality Engineering for Worldwide Safety and Assurance at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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