|CDR Robert Francis Jr.
A native of St. Johns Antigua. Commander Francis graduated with honors from the University of San Diego in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from National University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Francis’ assignments at sea include Communications Officer in USS John Young (DD 973), Reactor Controls and Reactor Training Division Officer in USS John C Stennis (CVN 74), Combat Systems Officer in USS McClusky (FFG 41) and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). During his Department Head tour in USS McClusky, he was awarded the 2005 Junior Officer Award for Tactical Excellence. He has completed one Counter Drug Narcotics deployment and five Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployments, including deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, Commander Francis served as Tactical Training instructor, Deputy Director Ship Specialty Training and the Single Ship ASW Division Officer in Fleet ASW Training Center; Admin Officer on the staff of Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Djibouti in 2003 during an individual Augmentation tour; Surface Nuclear Junior Officer Detailer in Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN; Military Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Asian and Pacific Security Affairs) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Commander Francis assumed the duties of the Executive Officer in Lassen in Oct 13.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various unit and campaign awards.