Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and was the recipient of the Naval ROTC Donald R. Bertling Award. Upon completion of Officer Candidates School, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
In February 1984, he completed The Basic School and received orders to Pensacola, Fla., for flight training. He then proceeded to the 453rd Flight Training Squadron at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., for electronic warfare training where he was a distinguished graduate and the recipient of the Colonel Mike Gilroy Award for leadership and training excellence.
After completing EA-6B Prowler training at Whidbey Island, Wash., Kelley reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2, where he participated in the Unit Deployment Program in addition to operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as the contingency plans and tactics officer.
He received orders to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 5, where he was the Electronic Warfare branch head. He then reported to Naval Air Systems Command as the Avionics Systems project officer (ASPO) for the EA-6B.
He returned to the fleet as the Operations officer for VMAQ-1 and then as the Assistant Operations officer for Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. He reported to the Pentagon as an action officer to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for the Expeditionary Forces Program.
He attended the Marine Corps War College and taught at the Command and Staff College. Later, he transferred to Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, Va., where he was the program manager for Unmanned Systems. Kelley's next assignment was military assistant to Dr. Delores Etter, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA).
In August 2007, Kelley was assigned to the position of MCSC's program manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS) in Orlando, Fla. In August 2009, he was reassigned as MCSC's chief of staff and was the commander from July 2010 to July 2014. He is currently serving in the position of the vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command.