CDR Frances Messalle
Commanding Officer, Air Station Washington
US Coast Guard
Commander Frances Messalle graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994 earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science. She was assigned to the USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC 715) in Long Beach, California as a Deck Watch Officer.
After earning her "Wings of Gold" from the Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida in 1997, Commander Messalle's initial aviation assignment was to Air Station Miami where she flew the HU-25A/C/D Falcon Jet and was designated as an Instructor Pilot. In March 2004, she was transitioned to the Operations Officer position at Air Station Washington DC. Commander Messalle transitioned to both the Gulfstream V and Challenger 604 aircraft. During that tour, she was dual qualified as an Instructor Pilot in the Gulfstream V and Aircraft Commander in the Challenger 604. Commander Messalle has achieved Aircraft Commander or Instructor Pilot designation in four different Coast Guard airframes.
In 2007, she was assigned as the Aviation Detailer in the office of Officer Personnel Management at Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlington, Virginia. Here she was responsible for the assignment of Coast Guard pilots.
Her most recent tour was as the Operations Officer of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Designated as an Aircraft Commander in HC-130J Super Hercules, she directed Coast Guard Aviation operations along the eastern seaboard from St.John's Newfoundland to as far as Central/South America for four MH-60 Jayhawks and five HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. In this capacity, she also supervised the operations of the Department of Homeland Security's only joint use military/civilian airport.
Commander Messalle's personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant's Letters of Commendation. She earned a Masters of Business Administration in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007.