Retired Rear Adm. Robert C. Crates, SC, USN, 78, passed away on August 10, 2019. Crates retired from the Navy after 38 years of service while serving as assistant to the Commander for Mobilizations, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1963. His duty assignments include: Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Seven;
Naval Reserve Cargo Handling Battalion 4; Naval Reserve Naval Supply Center Charlestown, Headquarters A 107; Naval Reserve Cargo Handling Force; Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Nine;
Logistics Task Force Atlantic; Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force; Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Logistics Task Force Pacific; Naval Logistics Forces Kora. He also served as a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Reserve Policy Board from 1994 to 1997.