Bob Rochford, a native of Scituate, Massachusetts, attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation in 1985.
His began his career as the Captain of numerous private yachts followed by a Navy active duty career that now spans nearly three decades. His initial tours in the Navy included Main Propulsion Assistant in USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17) followed by assignment as Executive Officer Naval Reserve Center Tampa, Florida where he was instrumental in hosting HMS Britannia on her historic visit to knight General Schwarzkopf.
Bob then released from active duty and completed a series of Naval Reserve assignments including Assistant Joint Munitions Officer in the Logistics Directorate and as a Command Center Watch Officer at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill AFB in Tampa.
During this Naval Reserve period, he was the Founder and President of LifeLine Home Services in Tampa. A home health agency employing over 90 employees while delivering nursing and in home care to patients for nearly seven years. After selling the business he returned to active duty.
In March of 2001, he assumed duties as Branch Chief and Senior Watch Officer for the CENTCOM, Command Center. During OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM he served as a Team Chief in the Central Command Joint Operations Center at McDill AFB and then forward deployed to Camp Al Saliyah, Qatar to continue as a Team Chief during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM's (OIF) major combat operations.
Then served as the Executive Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Maryland and later as the on-site project manager for the Joint Awareness Vital Enhancements and Linked Information Network (JAVELIN) Project at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. In 2006, he assumed duties as a Crisis Action Team (CAT) Chief during the Lebanon Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO).
In 2007, Captain Rochford reported for special assignment as the Deputy for Plans and Policy at Commander Submarine Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A recent operational assignment was as the first Deputy Commander, Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Operations for Commander Task Force FIFTY-FOUR (CTF 54) and SEVENTY-FOUR (CTF 74) in Yokosuka, Japan from 2008 to 2010.
Captain Rochford graduated from the Naval War College in 2011 with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, additionally attaining the distinction as an Arleigh Burke Fellow and a Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Warrior-Scholar.
Captain Rochford's awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign medals.
An idea worth spreading
Do you use reading glasses or wear corrective glasses? How many times have you needed those glasses and they weren't there? How many times have you put them down and can't find them? Look at the glasses that Ben Franklin wore. Do they look familiar? He invented bifocals over 200 years ago and yet the basic design of glasses are still the same! I knew that I needed to reinvent glasses. So to solve this frustration, I changed eyewear and created CVs! These are stylish, comfortable, and really cool. You will never wonder where you left your glasses again with CVs clipped to your shirt! We have started off with Reader CVs but are really excited to be working hard on Sun CVs as well. These are for everybody and don't have a prescription and should be out before Christmas. And right behind that will be Prescription CVs.
I'm passionate about
I absolutely love CVs and are passionate about changing the landscape for eyewear. I hope you'll join me on this journey.
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How many times have you left the house without glasses and couldn't read the menu because the fonts too small or at the supermarket struggling to read a label? How about sending a text message?
People don't know I'm good at
I am an engineer and have been a Naval Officer for more than 28 years and solving problems is a skill I like to think I've gotten pretty good at.
My TED story
CVI(TM) has debuted our first generation of glasses, renamed CVs(TM), on Indiegogo. The unique design of CVs helps to solve the age old question "where did I put my glasses?"
When not in use, CVs collapse to a convenient size that are easy to keep with you on a retractable reel, in our custom holster, or simply put them in their microfiber bag and in your pocket. The compact size is a result of our unique design of TempleRest(TM) technology that allows the CVs sides to gently rest on the temples versus over the ear. The TempleRest is manufactured from a special memory polymer and its goal is to promote comfort and provide the stability to keep CVs in place. Combine the TempleRests with a specially designed hinge in the bridge of the CVs and they fold into the perfect size. CVI's engineering team is already designing Sun CVs(TM) and are excited to watch where this journey of CVs take us. You will never wonder where you left your glasses again with CVs clipped to your shirt!