Regional President, USO West Region
Bob Kurkjian is the President of USO West and responsible for USO operations and fund development in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Washington. Joining the USO family in 2012 as President of Bob Hope USO in Southern California, Bob led a meteoric rise in programing and fund development in the eight counties served by Bob Hope USO. He championed the effort to fundraise, design and build four new centers, including a $10 million relocation and expansion of the flagship USO center at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The expanded services both on base, in airports and in the community more than tripled the number of service interactions and resulted in a nearly tenfold increase in corporate and major gift revenue. In his current role, he has led the establishment of USO centers in the previously unserved states of Montana, Idaho and Utah, where a premier USO airport center will soon open at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). In the past, Bob has worked for the mayor of Los Angeles, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Non-Profit practice, CRDF Global, Conservation International and the National Governors Association.
A Navy Reserve officer, Bob was mobilized for most of 2019, serving as the commander of Defense Logistics Agency Afghanistan where he led a team of both military and civilians around the country who managed strategic logistics for U.S. and coalition troops. Bob was also previously deployed on three other tours in Iraq, Bahrain and afloat, aboard the flagship of the international counter-piracy task force. He is currently the commanding officer of a Pacific Fleet reserve logistics unit and qualified as both a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer.
Bob is a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated, with distinction, from the master’s program at the United States Naval War College, where his studies focused on East Asia. In addition, he spent a summer at Sichuan Union University in Chengdu, China, where he studied Chinese history and language. Bob recently completed a four-year term as a board member for Goodwill Orange County, one of the largest Goodwill operations in the world, and has previously served on the board of Academy of Hope, an adult education and charter school organization in Washington, D.C. He is a current member of the Board of Counselors for USC’s Marshall School of Business Masters in Business for Veterans program and an emeritus member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. An avid traveler, Bob has spent at least one night in 68 countries and counting. He is an Eagle Scout and is currently back in uniform as a Cub Scout Leader, where he has quickly discovered that wrangling eight third-graders shares many similarities with logistics operations in war zones.
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