|Captain Frank J. Olmo|
Deputy Commander (Aug 2014 - Mar 2016)
Capt. Frank Olmo, a native of Harrington Park, N.J., received his degree in Business Finance from Arizona State University and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in March 1986.
Upon his commissioning, Olmo was assigned to USS England (CG 22) in San Diego, Calif., then deploying to the Arabian Gulf. He then joined the commissioning crew of USS Gettysburg (CG 64) in Mayport, Fla., serving as the Communications and Strike Warfare Officer from December 1989 to March 1993 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.
After graduating Department Head School in October 1993, he reported to USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in San Diego, Calif., filling the Weapons Control Officer and Combat Systems Officer billets and deployed to the Arabian Gulf. In October 1996, Olmo was assigned to Carrier Group ONE (CCG 1) and served as the Strike Warfare Officer.
In March 1998, he attended the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon completion, he was assigned to USS Carney (DDG 64) in Mayport, Fla., where he served as Executive Officer from October 1999 to February 2001. After a successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, he detached from Carney and reported to Missile Defense Agency in Washington, DC, where he served in the Joint Warfighter Support and Concepts Directorate.
From October 2005 through April 2007, Olmo served as Commanding Officer of USS Mahan (DDG 72). During his tour, Mahan deployed as Flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE, and won the 2006 Battle Efficiency Award, the Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence, and the Bloodhound Award for Anti-Submarine Warfare excellence.
From April 2007 to October 2008, he was assigned to United States Fleet Forces Command as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the commander. From March 2009 to January 2011, Olmo served as Commanding Officer of USS Anzio (CG 68). During his tour, Anzio deployed as Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) Flagship in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and won the 2009 Battle Efficiency Award. From January 2011 through July 2013, he was assigned to Navy Air and Missile Defense Command as the Chief of Staff, prior to reporting to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Chief of Staff.
He is currently assigned as Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Deputy Commander.
Olmo’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), and various service and unit awards. In 2007, he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.
|Commander NSWDC visited USS Essex
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface Warfighting Development Center (NSWDC), visited the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) for a ship tour followed by a professional mentorship wardroom call to speak with embarked surface warfare officers about NSWDC. NSWDC is primarily responsible for conducting and evaluating warfare community-focused training with consideration for real world threats and conditions.
Navy To Build Aegis Trainers For Surface Warfare Officers At ‘TOPGUN’
U.S. Navy’s surface warfare officers will learn to track and target air threats in a planned Aegis combat system simulator that will be built Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., the head of the Navy’s new surface warfare training outfit told USNI News last week.
Surface Navy Touts Progress On Top Issues
Surface Navy bosses are starting to feel the wind in their sails against problems that have beset the fleet for years: bungled maintenance cycles and extended deployments.
SWATT (Pilot) Exercise
Photos: Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (Pilot) Exercise w/USS John C. Stennis CSG; Rear Adm. James Kilby commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Command onboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
SMWDC teamed-up with JCS CSG along with Destroyer Squadron 21 during a multi-ship Group Sail and an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise to introduce SWATT
Welcome to SMWDC
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, speaks to personnel at the inaugural ceremony for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) at Naval Base San Diego.
The Human Element of Distributed Lethality
Like a drop of dye in a glass of water, we look for a new generation of Surface Warfighting experts—Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI)—to change the very character of our profession.
SMWDC was established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical proficiency of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and Warfare Tactics Instructors.
Salute to the Military Child Appreciation Day
Seventeen year-old Nicholas Olmo, son of Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres versus Colorado Rockies game at Petco Park.
We Want You!
The new SWO “Top Gun” commander hosted a professional mentorship call to introduce career opportunities as a new generation of SWO tactical experts called warfare tactics instructors.
SMWDC visits BUSAN, Republic of Korea (ROK)
Vice Adm. Hyun Seong Um, (left), commander, ROK fleet, meets with Rear Adm. James 'Jim' Kilby, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), during the 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG 15) bi-lateral exercise.
USS Russell prepares to depart San Diego
San Diego (September 9, 2015) Sailors of USS Russell (DDG 59) prepare to depart San Diego as the ships sets sail for an independent deployment. U.S. Navy for release by SMWDC Public Affairs
SMWDC aboard USS Dewey
SAN DIEGO (September 24, 2015) Junior officers aboard the USS Dewey (DDG 105) attend a presentation on the process to become a warfare tactics instructor (WTI); the brief was presented by WTIs of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).
Navy Celebrates 240th Birthday
SAN DIEGO (October 13, 2015) Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), answers questions regarding the Navy’s 240th Birthday and the opening of SMWDC during a live cake cutting ceremony and interview on San Diego’s CW 6.
SMWDC visits USS Bunker Hill
Modeled after the success of the Navy Strike and Air Warfare Center (Top Gun), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC visits USS Shoup
Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC visits USS Momsen (DDG 92)
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 3, 2015) Capt. Brian Shipman, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), San Diego Detachment Officer in Charge, introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) during a brief aboard USS Momsen (DDG 92).
SMWDC Visits USS Cape St George
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard the USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
Creating competence, confidence, and credibility among the surface warfighters
In recent years, top surface leaders have voiced concerns about naval war fighting becoming a lost talent. Tomahawk missile strikes, like those launched in late 2014 against Daesh, cross the headlines from time to time, but the surface fleet is designed to be capable of much more - these ships were designed for multifaceted and complex air, surface and anti-submarine warfare against a sophisticated enemy.
SMWDC Visits USS Wayne E. Meyer
SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
SMWDC Introduces Next Generation Warfighters to Decatur
LCDR Kennedy presented the newly launched WTI program; a career path designed to increase tactical skills at the individual, unit and integrated levels. Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (Top Gun) in Fallon, Nev., SMWDC trains a select batch of junior SWOs in advanced tactics to become WTIs in three warfare disciplines: Amphibious (AMW), Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface (ASW/SUW) or IAMD.
SMWDC Visits USS Milius
Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (TOPGUN), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking a select cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC Introduces WTI Programs at SNA Symposium
The future of the surface warfare officer (SWO) community is moving toward creating warfighting experts. Soon, all ships across the fleet will have WTIs in the ranks of second tour division officers and department heads through the most senior officers.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, meets Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, left, onboard USS Princeton (CG 59) in San Diego. Carter visited the area to tour facilities and discuss the impact of the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal on the defense community. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill.
SMWDC visits USS Essex
Captain Brian Finnman, Amphibious Warfare Detachment Director for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), gives a brief about the mission of SMWDC to officers in the wardroom of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Adm. John Richardson Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), left, and Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), shake hands. CNO is visiting SMWDC as part of a tour to meet with Sailors and Navy Leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released)
A Day in the Life of Warfare Tactics Instructors
SMWDC is Commander Naval Surface Force’s executive agent to train Surface and Mine Warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) across all warfare areas at the individual, unit, integrated, and joint levels.