Captain Robert T. Carretta was raised in Fair Oaks, California. He attended the University of California at Davis, graduating in 1992 with degrees in History and Political Science and received his commission through the U.C. Berkeley NROTC program. Following completion of flight training he was designated as a Naval Aviator and assigned to VS-41 for training in the S-3B Viking.
Following Replacement Pilot training, he joined the "Screwbirds" of VS-33 and completed an around the world deployment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68). In September, 1999 Captain Carretta reported as an instructor to Training Squadron Twenty-One at NAS Kingsville, Texas. In February of 2001 He transferred to the staff of Training Air Wing Two as the NATOPS Officer and Model Manager of the T-45 Goshawk aircraft.
Captain Carretta transitioned to the Navy Reserve in July 2003 and was assigned to Navy Reserve Training Squadron Twenty-One (NR VT-21) in Kingsville, Texas. In June of 2005 he was recalled to active duty to serve as the Legislative Advisor to the Chief Of Navy Reserve. In January of 2006 he returned to NR VT-21 and served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer prior to assuming Command in November 2008.
In March of 2009 Captain Carretta returned to active duty in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs (OSD-LA). He served as the Director of Senate Affairs and as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. Captain Carretta assumed command of the NR CNRFC Mobilization Center, in Norfolk, VA in January 2011. In February 2012 he was mobilized as the Deputy Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces Central and Task Force 56 in Bahrain. He completed the mobilization in October 2012 and in January 2013 he assumed command of the Training Air Wing TWO Reserve Component at NAS Kingsville Texas. In December 2014 he assumed command of the Navy Reserve CNO Fleet Readiness and Logistics Unit in the Pentagon.
Captain Carretta holds a Master of Science Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Program. In his civilian career has worked as a Legislative Assistant and Communications Director for a Member of Congress, as a Government Affairs Manager for a commercial satellite imaging company and as the Legislative Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). His most recent position was as a Senior Policy Advisor on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.