Admiral James Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earning a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.
He commanded the attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1998, which was awarded the Submarine Squadron 8 Battle Efficiency “E” award and the Admiral Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy, for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet.
Following command of USS OKLAHOMA CITY, he would go on to command eight more times to include: Submarine Squadron 6 in Norfolk, VA; Submarine Group 8; Allied Submarines SOUTH; the United States SIXTH Fleet; Allied Striking and Support Forces NATO; Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa, and Allied Joint Forces Command (NATO), all headquartered in Naples, Italy.
During these command tours, he participated in combat operations as the Operations Officer for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (Libya) in 2011 and Commander Naval Forces Europe for strike operations against Syrian chemical weapons sites in April 2018.
Throughout his career, Admiral Foggo has been a champion of the Navy as an extended arm of diplomacy. He maintained close relationships with the U.S. Ambassadors in his area of responsibility from Europe to Africa and into the Middle East. He sponsored numerous Regional Ambassadors Conferences at his headquarters in Naples, Italy to address security challenges in the Balkans, Mediterranean, and the Black Sea Regions. In 2020, he taught a seminar at the Foreign Service Institute on Civil-Military relations.
Foggo is currently the Dean of the Center for Maritime Strategy of the Navy League of the United States. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis and a Distinguished Fellow of the Council on Competitiveness. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Olmsted Foundation and the Naval Historical Foundation. He occupies a seat on the Editorial Board of the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorer’s Club of New York.
Foggo’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and NATO Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous foreign awards to include: the French Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité and the Legion d’Honneur; the Cross of Saint George (Portugal); the White Cross of the Naval Order of the Spanish Armada; the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General of Canada; the rank of Commendatore from the President of Italy; and Knight of the Grand Cross of Kingdom of Two Sicilies.