Cmdr. Frank C. Sanchez Jr.
Cmdr. Frank C. Sanchez Jr. is a native of New York and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering Systems with a minor in Environmental Engineering. He is a graduate of the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School, the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College Non-resident Program for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I, the Joint Forces Staff College Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, and the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership.
Upon qualification in the S-3B “Viking,” Sanchez’ first operational assignment with Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 included two combat deployments aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, while attached to VS-32, he completed two counter drug detachments in support of U.S. Southern Command.
After transition to the P-3C “Orion,” Sanchez’ second operational tour with Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 included a third combat deployment to Iraq in support of OIF. After transition to the P-8A “Poseidon,” Sanchez completed two deployments with VP-16 to Kadena Air Base, Japan and Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.
Ashore, Sanchez’ assignments include aide decamp to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, weapons and tactics instructor at the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30, and as an action officer on the joint staff.
Sanchez has accrued over 2,600 hours, including more than 600 combat hours, in ten types of Naval and Air Force aircraft. Personal decorations include the Air Medal (3), Joint Meritorious Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards.
In April 2020, Sanchez reported to VP-5 and assumed the duties as executive officer.