CHIEF OF STAFF
CAPTAIN MICHAEL K. NAPOLITANO
Captain Michael K Napolitano is a native of Long Island, NY. Commissioned upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1986, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August of 1988.
His first tour was with the VP-45 Pelicans in Jacksonville, FL, where he made deployments to Bermuda and Rota, Spain/ Lajes, Azores. In December of 1991 he reported to Commander Patrol Wing 11 and served as a Weapons System Trainer Instructor, Mission Control and Evaluation Officer, and Schedules Officer. In January of 1995 he reported to Commander Carrier Group SEVEN in San Diego, CA deploying to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH on board USS NIMITZ.
In October of 1997, he returned to the P-3 community joining VP-8 in Brunswick, ME, serving as the Admin Officer, Command Services Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer, and CTG 67.1 Task Group Operations Officer. In October of 2000, Captain Napolitano reported to Commander Task Force 84 in Norfolk, Virginia as the Plans and Operations Officer. Following this tour he attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI receiving a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In May of 2004, he returned to VP-8 as Executive Officer and assumed command in June 2005. While in VP-8 he completed a WESTPAC deployment to Misawa, Japan and Kadena AB, Okinawa. Under his command the squadron was awarded the Arnold J Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence and the Lockheed Golden Wrench.
Following the completion of his command tour in July of 2006 he reported to the staff of Commander Naval Air Forces in San Diego as the Deputy Operations Officer, Maritime Readiness Officer and VP/VQ Readiness Officer. In August of 2009 Captain Napolitano reported to Naval Expeditionary Combat Command as Commanding Officer of the Expeditionary Training Group. After a brief tour as Branch Head for Fleet Training and Policy at USFFC he reported as Chief of Staff at Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group in August of 2014.
Captain Napolitano’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and numerous service ribbons.