Captain Gregory Francioch, USN
Captain Gregory Francioch is a native of Oakland, California. He graduated in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a French minor.
Subsequent to being commissioned, Captain Francioch served as a Naval Flight Officer in the P-3C Orion. In September 1998 he joined Patrol Squadron One (VP-1) homeported in Whidbey Island, Washington. He completed operational deployments to the FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH FLEET areas of responsibility, achieving Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator qualifications.
In April 2004, Captain Francioch transitioned to the Full Time Support community and served as Officer-in-Charge of the Commander Reserve Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Detachment Whidbey Island. While there he attained the Weapons Tactics Instructor qualification for the P-3C Orion and certified active and reserve aircrews for deployment in the Advanced Readiness Program for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN.
In July 2007, Captain Francioch commenced Foreign Area Officer training in Monterey, California where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Africa) from the Naval Postgraduate School in December 2008. He then completed the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center course in Modern Standard Arabic in February 2010.
As a Foreign Area Officer, Captain Francioch served as the community’s Foreign Language Training Program Manager and US Navy Personnel Exchange Program Manager in the Navy’s Foreign Language Office (OPNAV N13F) from 2010-2012. He then moved to Kuwait where he was an embedded adviser and liaison to the Commander of the Kuwait Naval Force under the auspices of the US Embassy and Office of Military Cooperation Kuwait.
In June 2016, he executed orders to the United States Naval Academy where he serves as an Instructor of Political Science.