Captain Billy D. Franklin
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
CAPT Billy D. Franklin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in History. He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in November 1997, and graduated from the EA-6B Weapons school in 2001. He has a master’s in Public Administration from UMT and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Operationally, he flew with VAQ-133, VAQ-209 and Carrier Air Wing TWENTY deploying overseas to Irag and Afghanistan. In March of 2002, he was selected as an EA-6B Flight Instructor and reported to VAQ-129 where he trained and instructed new pilots on Carrier landings.
Ashore, he served as the Flag Aide to the Chief of Navy Reserve, and in the Pentagon on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Electronic Warfare Assessments Branch Head and later as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Force Application and Support, J8. He then reported to the Chief of Navy Reserve’s staff where he served as the Head of Strategic Plans and Policy. In August of 2014 he assumed command of the Indianapolis Navy Operational Support Center.
He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the 5th Fleet overseas in Bahrain.
He is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Air Command and Staff College distant learning program. He is a former member of the Navy Reserve Policy Board. His personal Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), the Air Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Naval Achievement Medal (four awards) along with numerous unit awards. He has over 1600 hours of military flight time.