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SEOUL, Republic of Korea - Sixty female cadets from the 217 Reserve Officer's Training Corps at Sookmyung Women's University had the opportunity to meet with Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Jan 8, to discuss her command philosophy and ideas on career development.
Franchetti, who is the first U.S. female service component commander to be stationed on the Korean peninsula, spoke to 30 juniors and 30 seniors from the prominent Seoul-based women's university about how she achieved her career goals of serving as the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy warship and becoming a Navy flag officer.
Speaking to the female cadets about leadership and life balance, Franchetti expressed her hope that her professional accomplishments would inspire both male and female future leaders to do their best, work hard, and reach their full potential in service to their country.
"Leaders come in all shapes and sizes," said Franchetti. "And leadership traits are not specific to men or women. Being a good leader is about being you and doing what you need to do to take care of your people."
Franchetti also advised cadets to strive for excellence in their professional careers and trust that their military or organization will reward them for their hard work.
"When I first came in the Navy, I learned what qualifications and experiences I needed to have to be successful as a surface warfare officer and serve on a combatant ship," she said. "So I worked hard to get them, and then when the door opened in 1994 for women to serve on combatant ships, I was standing there waiting and ready to walk through that door."
The guest lecture was part of an ongoing outreach effort at Naval Forces Korea to strengthen bonds between the U.S. Navy and citizens from the Republic of Korea.
Franchetti 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. During her career, she commanded USS Ross (DDG 71), and served as the commander of Destroyer Squadron 21, where she was the sea combat commander for the John C. Stennis Strike Group. She also served as the commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.