Military Bios

Rear Admiral Frank F. Rennie, IV:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Battle Staff Director (J3R) United States European Command
Rear Admiral Frank F. Rennie IV is assigned as the Battle Staff Director (J3R) for the United States European Command. The Battle Staff Director is responsible for advising Commander, Unisted States European Command on all operational issues affecting the U.S. European Command, including command and control of U.S. forces throughout the area of responsibility from Norway to South Africa; advise on the capability of European Command to operationally employ forces in support of NATO, within the European Command area of responsibility beyond the NATO commitment; and support to other regional Commanders in Chiefs when directed.
Rear Adm. Rennie’s first Flag Assignment was as Deputy Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet while also serving as Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Northeast. From July – September, 2003, Rear Adm. Rennie served as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Liberia and from June to August 2004 as the Commander, Forward Liaison Element in support of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece (Operation Atlas Shield).
Prior to flag selection, he served as the Deputy for Mission Effectiveness for Naval Reserve Readiness Command Mid-South in Millington Tenn., and as the Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Commander, Sixth Fleet Detachment 802 in Atlanta, Ga. During his tour, Rear Adm. Rennie served as the Chief of Staff to Sixth Fleet from August to November 2001, and as the senior Navy representative to the U.S. European Command Counter-Terrorism Joint Planning Group from November 2001 to February 2002.
Prior to his affiliation with Sixth Fleet, Rear Adm. Rennie served as Commanding Officer, Harbor Defense Command 205 in Norfolk,Va. And on the staff of Commander, Naval Coastal Warfare Group Two. During this tour, he was recalled to active duty during the Haiti Crisis (Operation Uphold Democracy).
Raised in Richmond, Va. Area, Rear Adm. Rennie graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1976. His sea tours included assignment as CIC Officer aboard USS Vogelsang (DD-862) in Newport, R.I., and as Computer Systems and Combat Information Center Officer aboard USS Farragut (DDG-37). Rear Adm. Rennie also served on active duty during Operation Desert Storm on the staff of Commander Naval Inshore Undersea Warfare, Group Two, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.
Upon release from active duty in 1981, Rear Adm. Rennie received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond. His other naval reserve assignments include: Patrol Officer at Special Boat Unit 24; Commanding Officer, Special Boat Unit 20, Det 306; Executive Officer, Fleet Support Trainer, Richmond; Gaining Command Liaison Officer, USS Nitro (AE-23); Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer Naval Inshore Undersea Warfare, Group Two; and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 206.
Rear Adm. Rennie’s awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Rear Adm. Rennie is a partner in the Richmond law firm of Cowan & Owen, P.C., where his emphasis is civil litigation. He is also active in a number of church, civic, and school organizations.
Updated: 7 December 2004


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