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Marine Forces Europe and Africa

United States Marine Corps

USAG Stuttgart, Germany
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Colonel Robert M. Kudelko, Jr. Chief of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa

Hailing from Leawood, KS, Colonel Kudelko graduated from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA in August 1992 and served as a reservist TOW gunner in Headquarters Company, 24th Marine Regiment, Kansas City.

In June 1995 Colonel Kudelko graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant via the Naval ROTC program.  After completing TBS, he was assigned to Pensacola, Florida for training as a Naval Flight Officer.  Upon his winging in 1997 Col Kudelko was assigned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer training.  

Following training, he reported to VMAQ-3 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. As the squadron embarkation officer, Col Kudelko deployed to MCAS Iwakuni in 1998, and then augmented VMAQ-2 in support of Operation Allied Force in 1999.  

In the spring of 2000, Col Kudelko reported to Battalion Landing Team 1/8 for duties as a Forward Air Controller and deployed with 22 MEU conducting operations in the Mediterranean AOR.  

Following this deployment, he returned to VMAQ-3 in 2001, attended the fall Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and deployed with his squadron to Incirlik, Turkey in support of Operation Norther Watch as the squadron training officer.  Col Kudelko remained with VMAQ-3 and completed another WESTPAC deployment in 2003.    
In the fall of 2003, Col Kudelko returned to NAS Whidbey Island to serve as an EA-6B flight instructor.  In late 2004, Col Kudelko was recalled to VMAQ-3 to serve as mission commander for flight duties in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In 2005 he returned stateside and in August 2005 reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One where he served as the EA-6B Division Head.   

Following his three year tour at MAWTS-1, Col Kudelko attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and then reported to VMAQ-2 in 2009 to serve as the squadron operations officer.  In 2010 the squadron deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Upon returning from deployment, he assumed the duties of squadron executive officer.  

In February 2011, Col Kudelko reported to the Marine Aviation Headquarters and served as APW-41 for aviation electronic warfare requirements.  
In 2013 Col Kudelko returned to VMAQ-2 to serve as their commanding officer.  During his command tour, VMAQ-2 completed a Red Flag exercise and a WESTPAC deployment to Iwakuni, Japan.  

In August 2014 he reported to the Pentagon to serve on the Joint Staff/J-8, Joint Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO).  

In 2016 Col Kudelko attended Marine Corps War College in Quantico, VA.  Following graduation in June 2017, Col Kudelko reported to the Pentagon as Executive Assistant to the Department of the Navy Assistant for Administration (DON/AA).  He reported to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and Africa in July 2018 where
he assumed the duties of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5.  In June 2019 Col Kudelko assumed his present position as Chief of Staff.