NJROTC Instructors

Lieutenant Commander Robert Strange

Senior Naval Science Instructor

Lieutenant Commander Robert A. Strange is a native of Orlando, Florida, and a 1984 graduate of William R. Boone High School. He is graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor Science in Resource Management.  He enlisted in the US Navy on September 30, 1987 through the Naval Aviation Cadet program and attended Aviation Officer Candidate School from August to December 1988.  He transferred to VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field to begin Primary Flight Training in the T-34C.  After completion of Intermediate Flight Training he was transferred to South Whiting Field and began advanced helicopter training in the TH-57B/C.  On June 12, 1990 upon completion of his last flight he was commissioned and Ensign and earned his Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” at NAS Whiting Field on June 22, 1990.    After getting married on July 28, 1990 he transferred to HS-1 in Jacksonville, FL and began the training in the SH-3H Sea King. In February 1991, he reported to HS-9 “Sea Griffins” in Jacksonville, FL and deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Saratoga (CV-60) in support of Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort and Provide Promise.

Following HS-9, LCDR Strange reported to the HT-8 for duty as a Flight Instructor at NAS Whiting Field. He was recognized as the Flight Instructor of the Year for 1994.  He was selected by Commander Naval Air Training Wing FIVE for duty as a Flight Instructor at the TH-57 Helicopter Instructor Training Unit.   In 1997, he departed active duty and joined the Naval Reserves.  In 1999, LCDR Strange began drilling with the US Naval Reserve Center in Orlando, FL.  In March 2000 he was assigned to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) at NS Mayport, FL.  In November 2010 he transitioned to the SH-60F at HS-10 in San Diego and then moved on to HS-75 where he completed numerous Detachments onboard multiple aircraft carriers.  After 9/11, LCDR Strange reported back to active duty and Destroyer Squadron TWO-SIX onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) for duty as DESRON Air Operations Officer.  He again deployed to the Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  In March 2010 he reported to Monterey, CA for Aviation Safety School.  He subsequently reported to NAS Jacksonville, FL in 2004 as the Aviation Safety Officer.  In 2007, he reported to USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) for duty as Asst. Air Operations Officer deploying in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  In July 2009, he reported back to NAS Jacksonville, FL, as the Assistant Air Operations Officer and Aviation Safety Officer.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), as well as numerous unit, campaign and service awards.

LCDR Strange retired from active service in 2012 and taught as the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Freedom High School until 2017.  From 2017 to the present LCDR Strange has been the Navy JROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor at Boone HS.  

Hometown: Orlando FL.

Military History

Petty Officer First Class (RET) Vleet C. Roberts II a native of Orlando, Florida, has been a member of the Boone NJROTC Team since October 2016. An Air Traffic Controller for 20 years his tour of duty locations include Hawaii, California and, Florida. He served aboard the USS Tarawa, out of San Diego California, deploying throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Petty Officer Roberts attended Dr. Phillips and Oak Ridge High schools as a student. Graduate of University of Oklahoma, he is an energetic and engaging faculty member and instructor. He enjoys spending time with family and helping in the community with his wife Felicia and daughter Kale’a.