Rob Bañuelos is a Senior Vice President of Sales at HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank N.A. located in Waterbury, CT. Rob enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsmen in July 1980.
While based on the west coast he served on the USS Dixon AS-37 and received the Navy Expeditionary Medal for operations conducted during the Iranian hostage crisis. He then served at the Naval Regional Medical Center in various critical care units and administrative roles. In 1984, he was selected for Deep Sea Diver training at the Naval Diving Savage Training Center in Panama City, FL and graduated with qualifications as a Deep Sea Diving Medical Technician (8493). He was then stationed at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in Newport, RI.
After active duty, he transitioned to the Naval Reserves and was assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit Two Detachment 101. In January 1991, he was activated for the First Gulf War: Desert Storm/Desert Shield and later returned to his unit after the war. During his tenure he was awarded three separate Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, one of which was for saving a life. He also received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He retired in September 2002 with over 22 years of service.
Rob earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Emmanuel College in Boston and completed his Bachelor degree at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.