A native of South Florida, CAPT Frank Schenk graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. He served as the deck division officer onboard the USS PLEDGE (MSO 492)in Seattle, WA from 1991 to 1994. CAPT Schenk qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) and transferred to the Oceanography community following this tour.
In 1994, he reported to the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Pearl Harbor, HI as a watch officer and later served as the Asst. Ops Officer. He then went on to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography.
In 2000, CAPT Schenk transferred to the Naval Oceanographic Office Component Tampa, FL at the U.S. Special Operations Command. In 2001, he reported to the Fleet Survey Team at Stennis Space Center, MS. CAPT Schenk graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science Degree in Hydrographic Science. He completed several high-profile hydrographic surveys in Kuwait just prior to the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2003, CAPT Schenk transferred to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight in Norfolk, VA. He completed a 6-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as the Staff Oceanographer and Schedules Officer.
In 2004, his next assignment was at the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, MS. He served as the Deputy Director for Navigation and Assistant Chief of Staff for Human Capital. During this tour, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
In 2008, he became Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center in Gulfport, MS. Following a highly successful command tour in 2010, he was selected for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship Program and worked for Merck & Co. in Whitehouse Station, NJ for a year.
Presently, CAPT Schenk serves as the Director of the Center for Applied Strategic Learning at the National Defense University. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.