Vice Admiral Franchetti is a native of Rochester, New York. She was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. She is a graduate of the Naval War College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Her sea assignments include Auxiliaries Officer and First Division Officer on USS SHENANDOAH (AD 44); Navigator and Jumboization Coordinator on USS MONONGAHELA (AO 178); Operations Officer on USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980); Combat Systems Officer and Chief Staff Officer for Destroyer Squadron 2; Executive Officer of USS STOUT (DDG 55); and Assistant Surface Operations Officer on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Strike Group. She commanded USS ROSS (DDG 71), and Destroyer Squadron 21, embarked in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). She also served as Commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS MERCY (T-AH 19).
Her assignments ashore include Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Centre Central Point, Oregon; Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Protocol Officer for the Commander of U.S. Atlantic Fleet; 4th Battalion Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; Division Chief of Joint Concept Development and Experimentation, on the Joint Staff, J7; Deputy Director of International Engagement and Executive Assistant to N3/N5 on the Navy Staff; and Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.
Her flag assignments include Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Commander of Carrier Strike Group 9, Commander of Carrier Strike Group 15, and Chief of Staff for J-5, Strategy, Plans and Policy, at the Joint Staff.
On 1 March 2018, Franchetti assumed duties as Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO and U.S. 6th Fleet; Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component Commander.
Her personal awards include the Defence Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).