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MR. FRANK L. KELLEY JR., SES, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

Mr. Frank Kelley assumed responsibility as  Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) Unmanned Systems (UxS) on 5 October 2015.  He serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) (RD&A) on matters relating to unmanned systems across all domains (air, land and sea).  Mr. Kelley joined the civil service in 2015 following a 32-year career as a United States Marine.  Mr. Kelley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering  and  was  the  recipient  of  the  Naval  ROTC  Donald  R.  Bertling  Award.    Upon completion of Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  In February 1984 he completed The Basic School and continued to flight training in Pensacola, Florida and  then  proceeded  to  the  453rd  Flight  Training  Squadron  at  Mather  Air  Force  Base, California, where he was a distinguished graduate and the recipient of the Colonel Mike Gilroy Award for leadership and training excellence.  After  completing  EA-6B  Prowler  training  at  Whidbey  Island,  WA,  he  reported  to  Marine Tactical  Electronic  Warfare  Squadron  2  (VMAQ-2),  where  he  participated  in  the  Unit Deployment Program, in addition to Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM as the Contingency Plans and Tactics Officer.  His next assignment was at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (AIRTEVRON) FIVE (VX-5), where he  was  the  Electronic  Warfare  Branch  Head.    He  then reported  to  Naval  Air  Systems Command as the Avionics Systems Project Officer for the EA-6B.  He  returned  to  the  Fleet  as  the  Operations  Officer  for  VMAQ-1  and  then  as  the  Assistant Operations Office for Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49).  He reported to the Pentagon as an action officer to the DASN for Expeditionary Forces Program.    
   He attended the Marine Corps War College and taught at the Command and Staff College.  He transferred  to  Marine  Corps  Systems  Command  (MCSC),  Quantico,  VA,  where  he  was  the Program Manager for Unmanned Systems.  His next assignment was Military Assistant to Dr. Delores Etter, ASN(RD&A).  In  August  2007,  Mr.  Kelley  was  assigned  to  the  position  of  MCSC’s  Program  Manager  for Training  Systems  (PM  TRASYS)  in  Orlando,  FL.    In  August  2009,  he  was  reassigned  as MCSC’s  Chief  of  Staff before  being  promoted  to  the  rank  of  Brigadier  General and assuming command of MCSC from July 2010 to July 2014.  He then served in the position of the Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, preceding his last military assignment as Director for Prototyping, Experimentation and Transition in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. 

 

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