Information and Technology Committee
Captain Francis was born Feb 1948 in New York City, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1970. After completing Army Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY as his Battalion’s Top Graduate, he served in the Army Reserves until 1977 when he awarded an Honorable Discharged as an E-6 in order to accept a Direct Commission as a LTJG in the Naval Reserves.
Captain Francis retired in 2007 while assigned to NIOC Washington VTU. His immediate prior assignment was as Assistant Chief of Staff for Communication and Information Systems, NR SECGRUCOM, Ft Worth, Tx. There, his most notable contribution was the establishment of the Command’s first Public Web Site and the HQ’s LAN. He has been assigned as the Commanding Officer of: NR SECGRU Charleston 107; NR SECGRU Greensboro 207; NR SECGRU Adelphi 406 (later merged with NR SECGRU Washington); NR SECGRU Norfolk and NR SECGRU Pensacola, VTU. Earlier in his Naval Reserve career he had assignments as Executive Officer, Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer for several NR SECGRU units in the Washington, D.C. area.
Captain Francis has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hour Glass, and Weapons Marksmanship medals. He is a graduate of the Senior Cryptologic Officers Leadership Course.
In his civilian capacity, he recently retired from IBM after 42 years in Sales and Product Management positions. He has received many IBM Awards for exceptional performance throughout his career. His last position was as a Product Manager responsible for a highly successful High Performance Computing product offering used in many DoD, Bio Research, Petroleum and many other industries world-wide.