Vice Admiral Albert M. Calland, Ill, U.S. Navy, is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of '74, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training (Class 82), and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) '96.
Vice Adm. Calland has commanded at all levels beginning as Platoon Commander of both a SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) platoon and a SEAL Platoon and most recently a Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. In August of 1987, while Executive Officer of Special Boat Unit Twelve, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Earnest Will as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit, Pacific. In November 1992 Vice Adm. Calland took command of SEAL Team One remaining in command until January 1995. From June 1997 until June 1999, he commanded the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, a CNO Priority One Major Command.
Vice Adm. Calland assumed command of SOCCENT in July 2000. Following the terrorists attacks of 11 September 2001, he transitioned his headquarters war fighting functions from MacDill AFB, Fla., to the forward-deployed Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command, directing more that 3,000 U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vice Adm. Calland was appointed Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command from August 2002 until March 2004 when he began his current assignment as the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support, Headquarters CIA.
Vice Adm. Calland's other assignments include Senior Instructor BUD/S Training; Naval Special Warfare Group One RDT&E Officer; Naval Surface Forces, Pacific NSW/EOD Officer; COMNAVSPECWARCOM Assistant Chief of Staff for Programs/RDA; USSOCOM Directorate of Resources, Programs Division Branch Chief; Deputy J3 Joint Special Operations Command; and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Vice Adm. Calland has a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy Commendation Medal, and various other campaign and service awards.
Updated: 26 March 2004