Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Frank D. Whitworth

Director of Intelligence, United States Africa Command

Rear Admiral Frank D. Whitworth


Rear Adm. Frank Whitworth is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He is a 1989 graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as well as a diploma from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Whitworth’s command tours included commander, Joint Intelligence Center Central; commanding officer, Navy Element of U.S. Central Command; and commanding officer, Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center.

Whitworth’s operational tours included director of Intelligence and deputy director of the Maritime Operations Center for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet; director of Intelligence for a Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan during three deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom; director of Intelligence for Naval Special Warfare Development Group; special assistant for Political-Military Affairs at U.S. 6th Fleet during Operation Allied Force; indications and warning officer at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, in support of Operation Desert Storm; and intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 during USS Forrestal’s deployment in support of Operation Provide Comfort.

Whitworth’s shore-based tours included chief of targets for the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility; Navy Federal Executive fellow to American Enterprise Institute; senior duty officer at the White House Situation Room; intelligence briefer for the chief of Naval Operations and secretary of the Navy; and intelligence watch analyst at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the National Military Joint Intelligence Center.

Prior to his current assignment as director of Intelligence for U.S. Africa Command, Whitworth was the director of Intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command.

Whitworth’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), as well as the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award, the Vice Adm. Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership and the Army’s Knowlton Award for excellence in intelligence.


Updated: 6 February 2017