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Commander Jeffrey "Coach" Franz, United States Navy




A native of Manteca, California, Commander Franz graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He completed flight training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 2002.

After completing training at the East coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (HSL-40), he reported to the “Proud Warriors” of HSL-42 in Mayport, Florida, where he completed two deployments aboard the USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) for counter drug operations and aboard the USS ANZIO (CG-68) for BALTOPS 2005. While assigned to HSL-42 he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Legal Officer, First Lieutenant, and NATOPS Officer. During his tour at HSL-42 he was recognized as the Administration Officer of the Year in 2003 and the Pilot of the Year in 2005. 

In September 2005, CDR Franz reported to the “Airwolves” of HSL-40 as an Instructor Pilot. At HSL-40, he served as Line Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While at HSL-40 he was selected as Instructor of the Year and the 2007 Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Instructor Pilot of the Year. Upon completion of Instructor Duty, he was hand-picked to be the first East coast Carrier Air Wing HSM representative for Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) where he served as the Helicopter Element Coordinator for the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Strike Group in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

CDR Franz reported to the “Spartans” of HSM-70 and deployed as Detachment ONE Officer in Charge aboard USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) with the GEORGE H.W. BUSH Strike Group on their maiden deployment. He then served as the Squadron Maintenance Officer from October 2011 to October 2012, when the squadron was awarded the Battle “E” and Sikorsky “golden wrench”. In 2012, he was selected as HSM-70’s Officer of the Year. 

Following his department head tour, CDR Franz attended the Naval War College in Newport, where he earned a Master’s degree in Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies. After War College, CDR Franz was then assigned to the Joint Staff as a Current Operations Officer within the Joint Operations Directorate, United States Global Force Management Division (JODGFM).

CDR Franz has accumulated over 3,100 flight hours in H-60 aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and five Navy Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and campaign awards.