ARLINGTON, Virginia – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced on July 15 that the President has made the following appointments, including a new commander for US Fleet Forces Command:
Navy Vice Adm. Daryl L. Caudle for appointment to the rank of Admiral, and assignment as Commanding Officer, US Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Caudle is currently Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Forces; Commander, Submarine Force, US Fleet Atlantic; and Commanding Officer, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia. If confirmed by the Senate, Caudle would relieve Admiral Christopher Grady.
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Eric M. Smith for appointment to the rank of general and assignment as Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps. Smith is currently Deputy Commander for Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters, US Marine Corps; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
Vice Admiral of the Navy. James W. Kilby on his reappointment as Vice-Admiral, and posting as Deputy Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Kilby is currently Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Combat Requirements and Capabilities, N-9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC
Navy Rear Adm. Frank D. Whitworth III for Appointment as Vice Admiral, and Assignment as Director of Intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff, Washington, DC Whitworth is outgoing Director of Intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff, Washington DC
Caudle is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina and graduated in 1985 from North Carolina State University (magna cum laude) with a degree in chemical engineering. He was commissioned after attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
Caudle holds graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Science (Honors) in Physics from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management. He also attended the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix, where he obtained a PhD in Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information Systems and Technology.
His doctoral thesis research focused on the uncertainty of military decision-making regarding the use of force in cyberspace. He is also a licensed professional engineer.
His first sea tours included assignments as a division officer, USS George Washington Carver (SSBN 656G); engineer, USS Stonewall Jackson (SNLE 634B); engineer, USS Sand Lance (SSN 660); and senior executive of USS Montpellier (SSN 765).
Caudle’s first command assignment was as commanding officer of USS Jefferson City (SSN 759). As the deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 11, he served as the commander of USS Topeka (SSN 754) and USS Helena (SSN 725) due to emerging losses from normally assigned commanders. He also commanded submarine squadron 3.
His shore tours include assignments as Deputy Nuclear Force Officer, Submarine Force Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet; Officer in charge of the moored training ship (MTS 635); deputy commander of submarine squadron 11; Deputy Assistant Director for Information and Cyberspace Policy at the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5) in Washington, DC; and Chief of Staff, Submarine Force Commander, US Fleet Pacific.
His other flag assignments include Deputy Chief for Security Cooperation, Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan, where he directly supported coalition forces for Operation Enduring Freedom; Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command-Global Strike; deputy commander of the US 6th Fleet; director of US Naval Forces Europe-Africa operations; commander of Sub Group Eight, where he led combat strikes using early dual carrier operations with allies in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He also designed the plan and led the combat sorties of Operation Odyssey Lightning to counter violent extremists in Libya; and Commander, Submarine Force, US Fleet Pacific.
Prior to this assignment, he was vice director of strategy, plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5) in Washington, DC
Vice-Admiral Caudle assumed his current role in November 2019. As Commander of the Submarine Forces, he is the Head of the Submarine Domain and responsible for the strategic vision of the Submarine Force. As commander of Submarine Force Atlantic, he commands all US Atlantic-based submarines, their crews, and shore-based support activities. These responsibilities also include the functions of Commander of Task Force (CTF) 114, CTF 88 and CTF 46.
As Commander of the Allied Submarine Command, he is the principal submarine warfare adviser to all strategic commanders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.