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LtCol. Bob Killackey grew up in Yonkers, New York. He grew up with his Mom and Dad and four sisters, three of them older and one of them younger. His Dad worked for Con Edison (a public utility) and his Mom was a teacher. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and High School. He attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and received a four year Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. As a Major in the Marine Corps, he attended USMC Command and Staff College and received a Master’s Degree in Military Science (MMS).
His initial training as a Marine Corps’ infantry officer was Officer Candidate’s School (OCS), The Basic School (TBS), and then the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) all of which took place at Quantico, Virginia.
He served the next twenty years as an infantry officer from 1985 to 2005. The role of an infantry officer is synonymous in civilian terms to being a player-coach, mentor, and advisor to organizations, people, key functions and processes under stress in time competitive environments in units ranging from 30 (platoon), 170 (company), and 2,600 (regiment) personnel. Marine Corps’ leadership is renowned for being active, engaged, and setting the example from the front of the organization.
During twenty years of active duty, he deployed to twenty six countries. He received training and operated afloat and ashore in a number of environments: Amphibious, Jungle, Urban, Cold Weather, Desert, and Mountain. He participated in a wide variety of operational, contingency, and combat operations including Operations Just Cause (Panama), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), and Uphold Democracy (Haiti). He served in leadership and staff positions ranging from a Second Lieutenant platoon commander to a Lieutenant Colonel Regimental Executive Officer.
His non-infantry tours were with Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company; Marine Special Operations Training Group (SOTG); Marine Barracks Washington, DC; and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) serving with a select group of joint special operators and uniquely qualified civilians.
In 2005, transitioning from the military service, he started his next career as civilian educator and program director for BMHS Navy JROTC character and leadership development program. In 2006, he began his participation in school safety and security coordination. In 2012, following Sandy Hook, Bob in concert with the Norwalk Emergency Manager established the district wide NPS School Preparedness (climate, safety, & security) program for nineteen schools. He established the NPS School Preparedness Coordinator position at Central Office and served full time in it for 8 months to establish the initial program until transitioning it to another Coordinator and returned to BMHS to continue teaching in NJROTC. He remains active in NPS and BMHS school preparedness and collaboration with the first responder community.
He current resides in Torrington, CT with his wife.