CDR Frank Rhodes, USN, Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE.
CDR Frank “Gigi” Rhodes, USN is a native of Larchmont, NY. In 1991 he accepted a nomination to the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering in 1995. In 2010 he received an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
CDR Rhodes’s previous assignments include the following: In 1998 he received his designation as a naval aviator at NAS Meridian, MS. From there he transferred to NAS Lemoore, CA to complete his flight training and carrier qualification in the FA-18 Hornet with the VFA-125 Rough Raiders. From March 1999 to April 2002, CDR Rhodes completed two deployments assigned to the VFA-147 Argonauts with CVW-9 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from November 2001 to April 2002. In June 2002 he reported to TOPGUN with follow on orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific where he served as the air to air employment subject matter expert and Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP) coordinator. He transferred in December 2004 to the VFA-15 Valions at NAS Oceana, VA as the Training Officer. From December 2004 to October 2006 he completed work-ups and a combat deployment in support of OEF with CVW-8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). After completion of his Training Officer tour, CDR Rhodes reported to the VFA-34 Blue Blasters as a Department Head. With VFA-34 from October 2006 to March of 2009 he completed work-ups and a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom witch CVW-2 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). In April of 2009, he received orders to NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, VA where he held the position of NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP) Policy and Program Management Section Head.
CDR Rhodes has flown over 2800 flight hours, 650 arrested landings and 100 combat missions. His decorations include 5 Strike Flight Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as various campaign and unit awards.
CDR Rhodes is married to the former Miss Ryan Rodriguez of Larchmont, NY. They have three children: Dusty, Sophie and Finnbar.