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Randolph-Macon Academy Selects New Commandant

Col Frank Link has been named the military school commandant at Randolph-Macon AcademyFront Royal, VA— Randolph-Macon Academy President Brig Gen David C. Wesley, USAF, Retired, has announced Col Frank J. Link as the Academy’s new commandant. The commandant position has been vacant since Col Gary Sadler, USAF, Retired, resigned at the end of the last school year. 

Link is currently the Chief of the Nuclear Planning, Policy and Strategy Division at the Pentagon. His Air Force career spans more than a quarter-century. After completing Officer’s Training School, he entered the Air Force in January of 1989 and became a B-52 navigator, later moving to the B-1 as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO). He has over 2,500 flying hours, which include combat sorties in support of Operation Desert Storm. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as Deputy Chief, Master Air Attack Plan Cell and Chief, Combat Operations.

Throughout his Air Force career, Link has held positions as an instructor WSO and a flying training instructor WSO. He was also the Chief of Training, Assistant Deputy Commander and Director of Staff for the 32nd Air Operations Group at Ramstein Air Force Base. He later joined Barksdale Air Force Base as the commander of the 608th Combat Operations Squadron.

These experiences, among his other positions during his Air Force career, have prepared him to take on the challenging role of Commandant at Randolph-Macon Academy, said Wesley. In that position, Link will oversee the day-to-day life of the boarding cadets, as well as the flight program, the discipline system, and the High Flight program.

“Frank has the right skills as a leader, the right approach as a parent, and the tireless maturity required for the exceptionally demanding post of Commandant of Cadets,” said Wesley.  “I’m excited about the leadership he will provide to our elite program!”

Link is expected to begin his job at the Academy on January 15, 2016. 

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.