Captain Frank Dowd
Captain Frank Dowd graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in May 1989. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1990.
He reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) in Norfolk, VA, where he served as Training Officer and Aircraft Division Officer from 1991-1994.
In January 1995, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, as the Operational Test Director for the MH-53E helicopter and Airborne Mine Countermeasures projects and Aircraft Division Officer from 1995 to 1998. During this tour Captain Dowd earned a Masters Degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
He reported aboard USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) in January 1998, as the V-2 Division Officer. During this two-year tour Captain Dowd participated in the maiden deployment of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), where he qualified as Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer.
In December 2000 he returned to HM-14 as the Admin and MCM Maintenance Officer before deploying to Bahrain as the Officer in Charge of HM-14 Detachment ONE in October 2001. Returning to CONUS, he served as the squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Officer until February 2003.
Captain Dowd then reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In April 2004, he was assigned to Joint Task Force Civil Support at Fort Monroe, Virginia, as the Current Operations Chief (J33) and Joint Operations Center Chief from 2004 to 2006.
Captain Dowd reported to HELMINERON FIFTEEN (HM-15) at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX as Executive Officer in May 2006 and assumed command in May 2007.
His next assignment was Air Officer onboard USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) from June 2008 to June 2010.
Captain Dowd reported to SURFLANT in June 2010 where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Aviation until October 2013.
He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various unit and service awards.