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Robert Craig Dabling, 68, passed away on January 07 at home.
Bob was born in Ogden, Utah on March 17, 1950 to Robert Lynn Dabling and Jean Rose Williams. He was raised in Farr West and graduated from Weber High School in 1968. While at Weber, he attended Boys’ State (1967) and was a member of the debate team which won the State Championship in 1968. He also was a member of the A Capella Choir, First Chair clarinet in the Concert Band, Sterling Scholar (Social Sciences), a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Student Council.
Bob was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to the Brazil North Mission (1969-71).
Bob married Susan Bybee of Uintah in 1972 in the Logan LDS Temple. They had four children.
Bob attended Weber State University (1968-69 and 71-73) and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (minors in History, Portuguese, and Military Science) and simultaneously received a Regular Army commission (Distinguished Military Graduate) as a 2d Lieutenant through Army ROTC. He also won the Outstanding Student Award for both the Departments of Political Science and Military Science for school year 1972-73, was selected for memberships in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key, and listed in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Bob began his US Army career in 1973. He completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and then served in the 9th Infantry Division where he was an infantry platoon leader and a tactical intelligence officer until 1976. He was then assigned to Intelligence Center Pacific (Oahu, HI) from 1977-81, Weber State University as an Assistant Professor of Military Science (81-84), the Defense Intelligence Agency (84-87), the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade (Republic of Korea -- 87-88), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (88-92), and the United States European Command (92-94). He was a graduate of the Military Intelligence Staff Officer/Analyst course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Counter-intelligence Officer/Agent Course. He completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1984 from the University of Oklahoma.
Bob received numerous military awards and decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal (two awards). He also was awarded the USAF Space Operations Badge, one of the first Army officers to acquire this designation. He retired from the Army in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Bob returned to US Government service in 1997 as a civilian at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, focusing on strategic warning and foreign strategic nuclear forces. For the next 15 years, he served in several positions and was selected in 2003 to be the NORAD Senior Intelligence Analyst and Chief, Nation States Threat Division for the United States Northern Command. He was also a certified Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) inspector and completed several START verification inspections. Bob retired from government service in 2012.
As in his military career, Bob also received numerous awards for his outstanding civilian service, including the National Military Intelligence Association and Air Force Association Outstanding Civilian of the Year awards, as well as three awards from the Department of the Air Force: Exemplary Civilian Service and Meritorious Civilian Service (two awards). He also was a holder of the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the first NORAD civilian to receive a Deputy Commander-in-Chief award from the Deputy Commander, a Canadian General Officer, in 2004.
Bob enjoyed traveling – both professionally and personally. He visited Mexico and Brazil prior to joining the Army, and then Australia, Guam, the Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Yugoslavia, England, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, Canada, and Russia on official travel. He and Susan also traveled to Alaska, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Bob is survived by his wife, Susan, and their children, Julie (Dan) Anderson, Jason, Jared (Andrea Elliott), and Justin, and two grandchildren, Aidan and Aeryn Anderson.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah with a viewing on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Interment in Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com