Captain Frank Brandon was born in 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) where he served as the Reactor Controls Division Officer and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT FOX.
In May 2003, he 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, he 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, Mexico Theater Security Cooperation Branch Chief U.S. Northern Command and CAG/N3 Naval Surface Force Atlantic. While assigned to NROTC, he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.
In February 2012, he reported as Executive Officer USS MITSCHER (DDG-57). After assuming command of MITSCHER in October 2013, Captain Brandon completed a 5th Fleet Ballistic Missile Defense Deployment and was relieved in April 2015. Following his Command tour, he served as the OIC Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team Pacific. In August 2017, he reported to USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69) as the Reactor Officer. He most recently served as the N3 for Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.