Christopher Rohrbach

Chair Joint Military Operations Department
Capt., U.S. Navy
Christopher Rohrbach profile photo


Capt. Chris Rohrbach received his commission through OCS in 1997 and reported to Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) training. Upon completing BUD/S with class 214, he went on to serve with SEAL teams on both the East and West coasts. He has also served on the staffs of Special Operations Command (SOC), Europe; SOC, Africa; and U.S. Africa Command. He is a distinguished graduate from California State University, Long Beach and holds a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College and an executive MBA from TRIUM (NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC Paris).

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Commanding Officer, Naval Special Warfare Unit TEN

Deployed as Commanding Officer, SOCFWD-EA (2018).

Commanding Officer, SEAL Team TWO

Deployed as Deputy Commander SOCFWD-East Africa (2016).

Aide de Camp, United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM)

Served as AdC for USAFRICOM CDRs General Ham and General Rodriguez.

Operational Planner, Special Operations Command, Africa


NSWDG Combat Support Squadron Commanding Officer

Responsible for Maritime mobility, Ground mobility, Sniper, Breacher, and Military Working Dog programs. Deployed to Afghanistan as the Task Force Operations Officer (2008).

Troop Commander, NSWTACDEVRON TWO.

Deployed as Troop Commander to Afghanistan (2006), and Iraq (2007).

Operations Officer, SEAL Team THREE. Operations Officer JSOTF-AP, CENTCOM

Operations Officer for SEAL Team THREE. Deployed as JSOTF-AP Operations Officer (2004-2005)

Platoon Commander, FOXTROT Platoon SEAL Team FIVE

Deployed to Iraq and CENTCOM AOR (2003).

CTF-KBAR Operational planner

Deployed to Qatar (2001) and Afghanistan (2002).

Assistant Platoon Commander, BRAVO Platoon SEAL Team EIGHT. SOCEUR NSW planner.

Deployed on USS Enterprise (1998-1999). Deployed on USS Trenton (2000). Deployed to SOCEUR (2000-2001).


Executive M.B.A., TRIUM, 2019

M.A., Command and Staff College, 2010, Strategic Studies

B.A., California State University Long Beach, 1995, Kinesiology

Other Honors

Distinguished Graduate, California State University Long Beach

California State University Long Beach Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee

Albert Woodley Award recipient
(Rugby equivalent to the US Collegiate Heisman Trophy)

US Collegiate Rugby Team
(Captain 1995)

External Memberships and Associations

Navy SEAL Foundation

SEAL Future Fund

Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

UDT/SEAL Association

Material and external links contained herein are made available for the purpose of peer review and discussion and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Naval War College, Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.