Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard graduated from Princeton University and received his commission following Navy Officer Candidate School in 1985.
Upon completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 from 1986 to 1990. He then served as an element leader at Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, before attending the Defense Language Institute for German. His next assignment was as operations officer at Naval Special Warfare Unit 2 initially aboard Royal Air Force (RAF) Machrihanish in western Scotland and then at Panzer Kaserne outside Stuttgart, Germany. Krongard remained in Germany for a follow on tour in the Operations Directorate at Special Operations Command Europe.
After returning from Germany, Krongard was the executive officer at SEAL Team 2 before going to work in the Operations Directorate at the Joint Special Operations Command from 1999 to 2001. He was then selected to stand up a new SEAL Team as commanding officer. SEAL Team 7 was commissioned March 17, 2002, and deployed to Iraq in 2004.
Krongard commanded Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in Coronado, California, from August 2009 to July 2011 and was responsible for preparing West Coast SEAL Teams for their operational deployments overseas. While in command of Group 1 he deployed to Kabul from January to July 2010 as the deputy commander for the Combined Forces, Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.
Krongard is the deputy director for operations, U.S. Africa Command, in Stuttgart, Germany. In this position, he supports the director for operations by providing oversight and direction to the Current Operations, Future Operations, Information Operations, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Divisions.
Prior to his arrival at U.S. Africa Command, he served as a deputy commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.
He is a graduate of the National War College and served as an executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for information, plans and strategy as well as the chief of staff at Special Operations Command Central. He has also served on the National Security Council staff in Washington, D.C., as a counterterrorism director.