Frank Craig Pandolfe
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Frank Craig Pandolfe
Frank Craig Pandolfe
Birth nameFrank Craig Pandolfe
Born1958 (age 62–63)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1980-2017
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldACJCS
J-5, Joint Staff
United States Sixth Fleet
Destroyer squadron 18
USS Mitscher (DDG-57)
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (5)

Frank Craig Pandolfe (born 1958)[1] is a retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, and last served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before, he was the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, the Joint Staff. He had his retirement ceremony in September 2017, after more than 40 years of service.


Frank Pandolfe is from Scituate, Massachusetts where he was a star track athlete before graduating from Scituate High School in 1976. Pandolfe graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1980.[2] He later obtained a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Pandolfe commanded USS Mitscher (DDG-57) from 1999 to 2001. During that time, the ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award three times. He later served in the War in Afghanistan (2001-present).

Other positions he has held include serving in the Offices of the Chief of Naval Operations, Joint Staff and in the White House. He also served as Commander, of the United States Sixth Fleet. He is the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for Caliburn International.[3]

Awards and decorations

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Silver star
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  1. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy on Active Duty. Bureau of Naval Personnel. October 1, 1990. p. 60. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Vice Admiral Frank Craig Pandolfe". United States Navy. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Leadership Team - Caliburn International, Caliburn International. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
Harry B. Harris Jr.
Commander United States Sixth Fleet
October 2011 - October 2013
Succeeded by
Philip S. Davidson

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