USS MITSCHER


Commander Frank E. Brandon
Commanding Officer

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CDR Frank Brandon hails from Marion, Indiana. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated and received his commission in 1995.

His first tour of duty was aboard USS CALLAGHAN (DDG-994), where he served as Ordnance Officer and later, the Fire Control Officer. In January 1999, he completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Program and reported aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), homeported in Norfolk, VA, where he served as the Reactor Controls Division Officer and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT FOX.

In May 2003, CDR Brandon reported to USS LASSEN (DDG-82) and served as the Operations Officer transitioning the ship to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces - Yokosuka, Japan.. In January 2006, CDR Brandon reported to USS ENTERPRISE as the Main Propulsion Assistant. During his tour, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM (OIF/OEF).

His tours ashore include NROTC University of San Diego/San Diego State University, Executive Officer Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team Pacific and Mexico Theater Security Cooperation Branch Chief U.S. Northern Command. While assigned to NROTC, he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

In February 2012, CDR Brandon reported to USS MITSCHER (DDG-57) as the Executive Officer. CDR Brandon took Command of the MITSCHER in October 2013.

CDR Brandon awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.