Captain Mark Frankford
Director of Law Enforcement, Maritime Security and Defense Operations Policy (CG-5RE)



Captain Frankford assumed the duties of the Director of Law Enforcement, Maritime Security and Defense Operations Policy in August, 2015.  He leads the development of policy for the Coast Guard’s core response and enforcement missions.
Prior to this assignment, Captain Frankford served in his eighth sea going assignment as Commanding Officer of USCGC BERTHOLF, the Coast Guard’s first National Security Cutter.  He previously served afloat as Commanding Officer in USCGC ACUSHNET and prior to that aboard cutters MIDGETT, STORIS, CONFIDENCE, MACKINAW, CHASE and NORTHLAND.
Captain Frankford’s service ashore includes the Eleventh Coast Guard District Command Center in Long Beach, California; Coast Guard Headquarters as Radionavigation Division Chief; U.S. Navy Afloat Training Group, San Diego, California as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Topside Warfare Department Head; and most recently on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as a Division Chief in the Operations Directorate (J-3), directing Air, Land and Maritime Homeland Defense.
Captain Frankford hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1988 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy.  In addition to his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Captain Frankford earned a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from the George Washington University in 2002.
Captain Frankford’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.