Rear Admiral James Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of Virginia. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earned a master’s degree in Public Administration at Harvard University, and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.
His sea duties include tours aboard USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658) and USS Narwhal (SSN 671). He commanded the attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1998, which was awarded the Submarine Squadron 8 Battle Efficiency award and the Commander Fleet Forces Command Admiral Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Foggo completed his major command tour of Submarine Squadron Six in 2007.
Ashore, he has served as special assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology; senior member of the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board at Commander Fleet Forces Command; executive assistant to the director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NAVSEA 08); division chief, Joint Staff (J5) for Western Europe and the Balkans; director, Strategic Actions Group (SAG), OPNAV N3/N5 where he was responsible for publication of the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy released in the fall of 2007; executive assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander, United States European Command
In Naples, Italy, he served as commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and Director of Operations, Intelligence (N3), U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. During this period, he served as the Operations Officer (J-3) for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (Libya). Additionally Foggo was a NATO CTF Commander in Joint Task Force Unified Protector (Libya).
Foggo’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and service awards. In addition, he was awarded the 1995 Admiral Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence and the State of Oklahoma Distinguished Service award by The Adjutant General. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité by the French government for his role in improving Franco-American relations. Foggo is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.