USN TYCOM Account Manager
CDR Fred R. Wilhelm III, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is THOR’s U.S. Navy TYCOM Account Manager. Mr. Wilhelm has more than 23 years of directly relevant experience, including 21 years of active duty U.S. Navy service managing maintenance and modernization planning, implementation, and execution. Mr. Wilhelm supports SEA 21 (PMS 470) and TYCOM requirements for major amphibious availabilities and midlife upgrades, including engagement across Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division-Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES), Type Commander (TYCOM), and OPNAV. He has recently supported seven LHD depot and intermediate availabilities and the USS WASP (LHD-1) DPMA. Mr. Wilhelm also manages THOR’s Engineering Readiness Assistance Team (ERAT) and Combat Systems Readiness Assistance Team (CSRAT) support to both Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL) and Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP) in addition to THOR’s Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC), and Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness Effectiveness Measuring (SHAREM), and shipyard support.
Mr. Wilhelm served tours as both CO and XO of USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD-44) and was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and training of 30 officers, 300 enlisted sailors, and all embarked marines aboard a $1B Amphibious Assault ship. He managed an annual budget of $25M+ and led execution of the U.S. Navy’s first LSD Midlife Extended Docking Phased Maintenence Availability (EDPMA) upgrade, a $120M requirement executed by an integrated military, civilian, and contractor support team. Mr. Wilhelm was critical to leading the ship to a “Best in Class” INSURV inspection. Mr. Wilhelm’s additional tours included:
- Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Director of Diesel Engineering, where he mentored and trained 33 instructors and over 900 junior and senior officers.
- Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Plans, and Assessments, where he led a team of doctrine strategists in joint integration efforts of MNF-I and the U.S. Embassy to support the Joint Campaign Plan and lead development of the National Security Architecture for Iraq.
- Commander Amphibious Squadron 7 Material Officer, where he was responsible for training, maintenance, and certification of Amphibious Warships during the basic, intermediate, and advance phase of training and scheduling and managing all Squadron maintenance availabilities.
- Individual Augmentation assignment as the Amphibious Operations Officer for Commander, Fifth Fleet during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was a principal advisor and led planner for amphibious tactics during the USMC insertion into Afghanistan and coalition operations in the Horn of Africa.
Mr. Wilhelm’s platform experience includes CVN, FFG, CG, DDG, LCAC, LHA, LHD, LPD, LSD, MCM, MHC, and PC Classes.
Mr. Wilhelm earned a B.A. in Economics at Virginia Military Institute and a M.S. in Business at the University of Maryland.