Bob Kilmartin enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at age 17 in 1976, and served in active duty or reserve billets for the next 34 years. Bob graduated from the University of Mass (Lowell) in 1980, and Villanova University Law School in 1983. He served in numerous active duty billets including trial counsel; chief defense counsel; military judge; and Director of Legal Assistance at MCB Camp Pendleton. He deployed to Iraq with the 15th MEU from 2004 – 2005 as liaison officer. Bob’s last active duty assignment was as Prosecution team chief at the Office of Military Commissions, responsible for prosecuting the terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He retired from the USMCR as a Colonel in 2010.
Bob’s civilian career included service as an Assistant Attorney General (MA) from 1987-1991; Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2002-2011; DOD department counsel and Administrative Judge at the DOD, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals from 2011 – 2019. Bob recently retired and relocated to Cape Cod with his wife. They have two grown children.