Fernandez ‘Frank’ Ponds, GWSB MS ’03

'Frank' PondsRear Adm. Fernandez ‘Frank’ Ponds, GWSB MS ’03, will report as commander for Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, in November 2011. He commanded Amphibious Squadron Eight from November 2007 to May 2009, during which time his squadron supported operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Counter Piracy Operations and Operation Sea Angel II (Bangladesh Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief). His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (fifth award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (third award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards.

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