|CDR Frank E. Okata
Frank Okata is a native of Washington DC. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996.
Following initial training at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School Division Officers Course in Newport, RI, he reported to USS NORMANDY (CG 60) based in Norfolk, VA and served as First Lieutenant and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. His second Division Officer assignment was onboard USS DEYO (DD 989) also based in Norfolk, VA, as the Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer. After further training at the Surface Warfare Officers School, Commander Okata served in USS HAWES (FFG 53) as the Engineer Officer, followed by assignment as the Pre-Commissioning Staff Materiel Officer for Riverine Group One in 2006.
Ashore, Commander Okata attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs in 2003. He served in the International Engagement Division of Chief of Naval Operations Staff as the Northern Europe/NATO Action Officer from 2007 to 2009. His last assignment was as a contingency planner at US Northern Command’s Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region.
Commander Okata has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and the French Medal for National Defense (Gold Echelon).