USO Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications
Rear Admiral Frank Thorp IV (USN, ret.) is responsible for internal and external communications, brand management and marketing for the USO. Prior to joining the organization in 2010, he was vice president of communications and government operations for AM General, where he directed public relations, marketing, advertising and Washington operations including engagement with Capitol Hill and the Pentagon.
A communications veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Frank’s service with the United States Navy included serving as the chief of information, where he was the senior spokesman for the Navy, provided strategic communication counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations and managed a global team of more than 2,000 communications professionals. Frank also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense where he led the Department of Defense strategic communication program. His assignments also include special assistant for Public Affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Chief of Naval Operations, as well as Chief of Media for US Central Command (forward) during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Broadcast Journalism from American University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.