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CDR Sil A. Perrella United States Navy
Commander Perrella enlisted in the Navy in 1985 from Fountain Valley, CA and served as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician (AX) in HSL-41 and HSL-47 located at NAS North Island, CA. He was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator through the Naval Aviation Cadet Program (NAVCAD) in December 1992.
Upon completion of his SH-60B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Perrella reported in January 1994 to the Warlords of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. He deployed as Detachment Operations Officer aboard USS HEWITT (DD 963) and as Detachment Maintenance Officer aboard USS THACH (FFG 43) both in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
His next assignment was as a FRS Flight Instructor with HSL-41 from March 1997 to June 1999 where he served as the Training Schedules Officer, Personnel Officer, and SH-60B Curriculum Model Manager.
In July 1999, he reported to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as the Mini Boss and completed a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. While deployed, TARAWA participated in humanitarian relief operations off East Timor and Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE following the terrorist attack against USS COLE (DDG 67) in Aden Harbor, Yemen.
After earning a M.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Commander Perrella returned to HSL-41 serving as the Training Officer and MH-60R FRS Transition Team Leader. He was named the 2003 HSL-41 “Officer of the Year”.
In July 2004, Commander Perrella joined the Easy Riders of HSL-37 in Kaneohe Bay, HI. He deployed as Detachment FOUR Officer-in-Charge aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65) as part of the TARAWA Expeditionary Strike Group and conducted Maritime Security Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon his return, he served as the squadron Maintenance Officer.
Following his Department Head tour, he reported to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN in October 2006 where he served as the HSM/TYCOM Placement Officer and PERS 43 Deputy Director.
In December 2008, Commander Perrella returned to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces as HSL 51’s Executive Officer and assumed command of the Warlords in May 2010. During this tour, the Warlords earned two consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards and participated in Operation TOMODACHI disaster relief and contingency management efforts as part of Carrier Air Wing FIVE and FOURTEEN. Commander Perrella was the recipient of the 2010 Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award.
In July 2011, Commander Perrella reported to the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J5 where he served as a Western Hemisphere/Homeland Defense politico-military planner and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director.
Commander Perrella has accumulated over 2,600 rotary wing flight hours. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (strike flight award), Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other service, unit and campaign awards.