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Robert Wayne Landfair[edit]

Robert Wayne Landfair
Born(1930-03-24)March 24, 1930
Centerville, Michigan
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1952 — 1980
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Captain
AwardsMeritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Other workHughes Aircraft Company Executive Saudi Arabia, United States of America

Robert Wayne Landfair (born March, 24 1930 in Centerville, Indiana) is a retired United States Navy Captain.[1], military logistics expert, liaison to US Armed Forces in allied countries, and executive for the Hughes Aircraft Company. Landfair served on active duty in the Navy from 1952 through 1980. As a naval officer, Landfair was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. Landfair was an executive for the Hughes Aircraft Company from 1980-95, working in Saudi Arabia and later the United States.


Landfair was born in Centerville, Michigan in 1930, the son of Stanley and Gladys Landfair[2]. The family moved to Portland, Indiana less than a year later. Landfair's brother James Elton Landfair still resides in Portland, and his brother Stanley Duane Landfair lives in nearby Muncie, Indiana. Landfair's wife Patricia and her parents, George and Annabelle Wood, also were long-time residents of Portland.

Landfair graduated from Portland High School in 1948, where his classmates included Portland Notable Natives and boyhood friends Pete Brewster and Jack Imel. He earned a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship[3] to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1952.

Landfair married the former Patricia Wood after graduation from college and they now reside in Gulf Breeze, Florida. They have three sons, all of whom served in the military. David George Landfair, a Member of the City Council in Gulf Breeze, retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. James Robert Landfair, an international pilot and Captain with Delta Airlines, was a Captain and flight instructor in the Air Force. Stanley Wood Landfair, an attorney in San Francisco, was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Military Career[edit]

Landfair served on active duty with the United States Navy from 1952 through 1980. His wartime service included assignments aboard the attack cargo ship USS Warrick and the destroyer USS Mansfield during the Korean War[4], and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Material Support to the Commander, Fleet Air Wings 8 and 10, which deployed as the Patrol Forces for the Seventh Fleet in the Vietnam War. Landfair's shipboard service also included an assignment as a senior officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain.

Landfair served much of his naval career abroad, in diplomatic and joint-service assignments with military forces for US allies. Proficient in Spanish and Chinese, Landfair acted on behalf of the United States in negotiations and business with host-country counterparts in the financial, logistics, and defense industries. From 1957-1960, Landfair served in Rota, Spain with a small team of officers assigned to monitor construction of the US Naval Station Rota, which had begun in 1955. The Naval Station in Rota was one of the first US defense installations built in Spain after the normalization of US/Spanish relations following World War II and the Spanish Civil War. Today, the Station is one of the principal facilities providing support to US and Spanish and other NATO ships in the European theater. From 1968-1970, Landfair served in the Republic of the Philippines as Comptroller and Contracting Officer at the US Naval Station Sangley Point. Landfair negotiated contracts with commercial shipyards in the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan to develop their capability to overhaul and repair U.S. combat vessels. In two years during Landfair's tenure, facilities under contract to the United States overhauled and repaired one hundred thirty-one U. S. Army boats and craft for return to battle in Viet Nam [5]. From 1975-1977, Landfair served in the Republic of China. As part of the Military Assistance Advisory Group, Landfair assisted the Taiwanese military to develop their capabilities for self-defense, including weapons and logistics systems for maintenance and repair of weapons. Landfair was the Senior US Advisor to the Commanding General of the Combined Services Forces for the Republic of China, which was responsible for the production of munitions and services to Chinese combat forces[6].

Notable stateside service included a post as the Commander of the New York Regional Headquarters of the Defense Personnel Support Center in New York City, from 1972-1975, with responsibility for procurement and delivery of all perishable subsistence for all US armed forces in the Northeast United States, England, Europe and the Middle East[7]. From 1977-1980, he served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Education and Training, located in Pensacola, Florida[8].

Awards and Commendations[edit]

Landfair was awarded the following awards from the US Navy: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal (with silver star), United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and National Defense Medal (with bronze star). For his service in the Republic of China, Landfair also received medals from the Ministry of National Defense and the Chinese Army, Navy, Air Force and the Combined Services Force. He also was awarded personal letters of commendation from the United States Ambassador to China[9], the Chief of the General Staff of the Minister of Defense, and the Commanders-in-Chief of the Army, Navy and Combined Service Forces, Republic of China[10]

Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges. Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Silver star
Vietnam Service Medal with silver service star
United Nations Service Medal Korea ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
Korean Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (South Korea).svg Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal

Business Career[edit]

Following his retirement from the Navy, Landfair accepted a position with Hughes Aircraft Company, the aerospace and electronics company that was founded by the late Howard Hughes and became the premier military electronics company in the world, contributing its technological developments to the armed forces of United States and its allies. "Hughes After Howard, the Story of Hughes Aircraft Company"[11]. Landfair played a key role in the Saudi Naval Expansion Program, serving in Saudi Arabia as the Deputy General Manager of the Saudi Naval Supply Center at the King Faisal Naval Base. After returning to the United States, Landfair supervised logistics support for the delivery and installation of command and control systems for the armed forces of Malaysia and Spain, and the Roland Missile with the armed forces of France.

From 1990 through 1995, Landfair was Hughes' representative to the US Naval Sea Systems Command for the delivery and installation of UYQ-21 computer, an integral part of the video display for the Aegis command-and-control systems installed on all surface warfare vessels in the US Navy. Hughes helped to develop the Aegis and UYQ systems, pioneering the shift from radar technology to computer and video display systems that enhance the capability of surface warfare vessels to monitor sea and air movements and detect incoming threats. Landfair's responsibilities for the UYQ-21 comprised the entire range of logistics services, from supervising the preparation of technical manuals to conducting training for operation and maintenance and procedures for shipboard repair, providing spare parts and services to serve life-of-service requirements, and delivering worldwide repair services for circuit card assemblies. The role of the UYQ is chronicled in "When Computers Went to Sea: The Digitilization of the United States Navy"[12]. Landfair retired from Hughes in 1995.


  1. PHS Grad Promoted To Rank Of Captain, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana (August 2, 1972)
  2. http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Indiana/Robert-Landfair_1y52s4
  3. Robert Landfair Named for NROTC, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana (June, 1949)
  4. Returning to US, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana (November, 1953)
  5. Receives Navy Commendation, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana (June 18, 1970)
  6. Military Assistance Advisory Group, China Post (February 5, 1976)
  7. Landfair New Head of New York Subsistence Regional Headquarters, Military Market News, Commissary Edition, Navy Times (August 1972)
  8. Citation awarding Meritorious Service Medal, Admiral T.B. Hayward, Chief of Operations, for the President of the United States (May 1, 1980)
  9. Letter from Leonard Unger, United States Ambassador (April 22, 1976)
  10. Letter of Commendation, Commander-in-Chief, Combined Services Forces (July 28, 1972)
  11. Hughes After Howard, the Story of Hughes Aircraft Company, D. Kenneth Richardson, copyright by Sea Hill Press ISBN 978-0-9708050-8-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (2011)
  12. When Computers Went to Sea: The Digitilization of the United States Navy," David L. Boslaugh, copyright by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Publisher Matt Loeb. Library of Congress No. 99-24731 (1999)

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