James F. Caldwell Jr.

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James F. Caldwell Jr.
ADM James Caldwell 2015.jpg
Born (1959-03-24) March 24, 1959 (age 59)
Allegiance United States
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Navy.svg U.S. Navy
Years of service1981—present
RankUS Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Commands heldDirector, Naval Reactors
Naval Inspector General
James F Caldwell Jr.
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Preceded byJohn M. Richardson
Personal details
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Naval Submarine League’s Charles A. Lockwood Award
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy

James Franklin ("Frank") Caldwell Jr. (born March 24, 1959) is an admiral in the United States Navy who currently serves as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, a job once held by the program's creator, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.[1][2] He previously served as Naval Inspector General.[3]


Caldwell received his commission graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering; he is a fifth-generation Academy graduate.[4] He holds a Master of Science in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School.[5]

Caldwell’s early sea tours include serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. His operational assignments include duty as a division officer on USS Boston (SSN 703), engineering officer on USS Alabama (SSBN 731) (GOLD), and executive officer on USS Buffalo (SSN 715).

Caldwell commanded USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) home ported in Norfolk, Virginia; Submarine Development Squadron 12 in New London, Connecticut; and Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Washington. In his most recent afloat command, he commanded COMSUBPAC.

Ashore, Caldwell served on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and later as Undersea Warfare Requirements officer on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also served as senior member of the Naval Submarine Force’s Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team, on the Joint Staff as deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Russia and Africa, and deputy commander for U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike in Omaha, Nebraska.[6][7]

On August 5, 2015, VADM Caldwell was confirmed by the US Senate to become admiral. Caldwell assumed his duties as the seventh director of Naval Reactors on August 14, 2015, normally an eight-year term.[8]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Submarine Officer badge.jpg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)
Silver Deterrent Patrol badge.jpg Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia (5 awards)
Navy CaS.png Command at Sea insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Legion of Merit with two award stars
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with one gold award star
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Commendation Medal with three gold award stars
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Achievement Medal with two gold award stars
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with three bronze service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon with three Battle E awards
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three bronze service stars
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon.svg Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Special Operations Service Ribbon
United States Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with sharpshooter device.svg Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with Sharpshooter Device
  • Caldwell received the Naval Submarine League's Charles A. Lockwood Award.

Personal life[edit]

His father, James Franklin Caldwell, Sr. (1935–1998), was himself a captain in the U.S. Navy, a fourth-generation Naval Academy graduate, and also a former nuclear-submarine commander; both of Caldwell Jr.'s brothers are also Naval Academy graduates.[9]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Navy document "United States Navy Biography, Vice Admiral James F. Caldwell Jr., Naval Inspector General". Retrieved on 2014-11-22.

  1. ^ http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/07/22/nr-naval-nuclear-reactors-caldwell-richardson-greenert-rickover-submarine-navy/30539765/
  2. ^ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90649
  3. ^ "United States Navy Biography, Vice Admiral James F. Caldwell Jr., Naval Inspector General". Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  4. ^ "James Franklin Caldwell Sr". ArlingtonCemetery.net. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=423
  6. ^ http://archive.navytimes.com/article/20130807/CAREERS03/308070046/Pacific-Fleet-s-submarine-force-gets-new-commander
  7. ^ https://www.stratcom.mil/news/2013/415/Commander_Submarine_Force_Pacific_Fleet_Holds_Change_of_Command_Ceremony/printable/
  8. ^ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90649
  9. ^ "James Franklin Caldwell, Sr". ArlingtonCemetery.net. Retrieved November 22, 2014.

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Military offices
Preceded by
VADM James P. Wisecup
Naval Inspector General
2013 - 2015
Succeeded by
VADM Herman A. Shelanski
Preceded by
ADM John M. Richardson
Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
2015 -