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Captain 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 and designated a Naval Aviator through the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in December 1992.

Captain Perrella’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour with HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan where he deployed as a Detachment Operations and Maintenance Officer both in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.  Next, he reported to USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and completed a Western Pacific deployment participating Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE following the terrorist attack against USS COLE (DDG-67). In 2004, Captain Perrella reported to HSL-37 for his Department Head tour where he ultimately served as Maintenance Officer.  As Detachment FOUR Officer-in-Charge, he led a two-plane detachment in USS CHOSIN (CG-65) conducting Maritime Security Operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  From May 2010 to June 2011, Captain Perrella served as Commanding Officer of the HSL-51 Warlords and led his squadron during Operation TOMODACHI as part of Carrier Air Wing FIVE and FOURTEEN.  He was the 2010 Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award.

Ashore, Captain Perrella served with the HSL-41 Seahawks in 1997 as a FRS Flight Instructor and again in 2003 as the Training Department Head. Prior to command, he served at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN as HSM/TYCOM Air Combat Placement Officer and PERS 43 Deputy Director.  Following his command tour, he served on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) as a Western Hemisphere/Homeland Defense politico-military planner and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director. 

He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Information System Technology Management from the Naval Post Graduate School. 

Captain Perrella served as the Commanding Officer of HSM-40 prior to assuming the duties as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific in July 2015.

Captain Perrella has accumulated 3,000 mishap-free flight hours.  He is a Joint Qualified Officer and personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (strike/flight award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards.