Captain Anthony P. Corapi
CPRW-11 Deputy Commodore
Captain Corapi hails from Brooklyn, New York. He is a 1992 Graduate of The Citadel he earned his Naval Flight Officer “Wings of Gold” in December 1994.
Captain Corapi’s first operational tour was with the VP-10 “Red Lancers” in Brunswick, Maine, where he made three deployments; one to Sigonella, Sicily, one to Puerto Rico and Panama and one to Keflavik, Iceland. While assigned to VP-10 he served as Public Affairs Officer, Ordnance Branch Officer, and NFO NATOPS Officer.
In November of 1997, he reported to the Fleet Replacement squadron (VP-30) as a P-3C Naval Flight Officer Instructor. He served in a variety of instructor billets during his tour to include senior NFO Fleet NATOPS Evaluator.
In January 2001, Captain Corapi was assigned as the Assistant Navigator in USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck Underway. During his tour CARL VINSON launched the first air strikes in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th 2001.
In September of 2003 he began his department head tour with the VP-1 “Screaming Eagles” in Whidbey Island, Washington. He served as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Maintenance Officer and deployed to Misawa and Kadena, Japan from December 2003 to June 2004.
In January 2006, Captain Corapi reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC and was assigned to the Operations Directorate (J3). During his tenure he personally garnered Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff approval for employment of special access program capabilities during highly successful joint exercises in support of United States Combatant Commands.
In May 2008, he reported to theVP-16 “War Eagles” in Jacksonville, Florida as the Executive Officer and immediately deployed to Kadena Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet strategic objectives. He assumed command of the War Eagles May 15th 2009 and brilliantly led the squadron through one of the most demanding inter-deployment readiness cycles in VP history. In addition to preparing the squadron for a multi-site deployment to 4th, 5th and 6th Fleets, VP-16 was the lead squadron flying humanitarian support missions following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.
Following his change of command in April 2010, Captain Corapi reported to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee as the PERS 43 VP/VQ CDR Assignments Officer as well as the Assistant Captain Detailer.
In June of 2012 he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and assumed the duties of U.S. Navy Military Assistant to the DoD Executive Secretary, Mr. Mike Bruhn. During his tenure he was responsible for the management, control and review of all correspondence, information and action memoranda for SECDEF and DEPSECDEF decision making. In October he will report as Deputy Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven in Jacksonville, Florida.
Captain Corapi’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), and numerous campaign and unit awards. Captain Corapi is married to the beautiful former Jill Ashley Smith of Decatur Illinois. They are very proud of their three children, Peter, Anna and Thomas.