History Division
Frank L. Kalesnik, Ph.D.

Frank Kalesnik is a U.S. Historian specializing in military history. He obtained his Ph.D. in History from the Florida State University in 1992, his MA from the same institution in 1989, and his BA from the Virginia Military Institute in 1983. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps that same year, and served as an Assault Amphibian Officer (1803) from 1984 to 1987. He continued his military career in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Major in 2002. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including the Virginia Military Institute and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He also worked as an historian for both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps, most recently with Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARFORSOC) from 2012 to 2019. He has published several articles and reviews, and is currently Chief Historian with the Marine Corps History Division. He is particularly interested in special operations.


  • Marine Corps History

  • Military History

  • U.S. History


  • Ph.D. U.S. History, 1992, Florida State University

  • MA. U.S. History, 1989, Florida State University

  • BA. History, 1983, Virginia Military Institute


Marine Corps University