Vice Adm. (ret) Albert M. Calland Ill, U.S. Navy, is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a 1975 graduate of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training (Class #82), and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) 1996.
Vice Adm. Calland has commanded at all levels beginning as Platoon Commander of both a SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) platoon and a SEAL Platoon and as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. In August of 1987, while Executive Officer of Special Boat Unit 12, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Earnest Will as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit, Pacific. In November 1992 Vice Adm. Calland took command of SEAL Team One remaining in command until January 1995. From June 1997 until June 1999, he commanded the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
Vice Adm. Calland assumed command of Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in July 2000. Following the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he transitioned his headquarters war fighting functions from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to the forward-deployed Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command, directing more that 3,000 U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Vice Adm. Calland served as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command from August 2002 until March 2004 when he began his assignment as the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support, Headquarters CIA. In July 2005, he was appointed Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency for his final assignment.
Vice Adm. Calland's other assignments include Senior Instructor BUD/S Training; Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Officer; Naval Surface Forces, Pacific Naval Special Warfare/Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer; Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command Assistant Chief of Staff for Programs/RDA; U.S. Special Operations Command Directorate of Resources, Programs Division Branch Chief; Deputy J3 Joint Special Operations Command; and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Vice Adm. Calland has a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy Commendation Medal, and various other campaign and service awards.