CDR Tripiano is a native of Sunnyvale, California. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics; and holds an MBA from the University of San Diego.
CDR Tripiano reported to the “Golden Falcons” of HS-2, flying the SH-60F and HH-60H. He completed two deployments onboard USS CONSTELATION in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Following his initial fleet tour, he was selected as an FRS Instructor Pilot and assigned to HS-10. During his instructor tour, he held the positions of Legal Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Following his tour at HS-10, in 2006, CDR Tripiano transitioned to the Reserves and stayed on as part of the HS-10 Squadron Augmentation Unit (SAU)
In 2010, he was selected for transition to Full Time Support (FTS) Officer. He was assigned to the “High Rollers” of HSC-85. While at HSC-85, he deployed with the “Red Wolves” of HSC-84 in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula. After deployment CDR Tripiano served as the Maintenance Officer at HSC-85 when they transitioned the squadron to support Special Operations Command and became the “Firehawks” of HSC-85.
In 2013 he was assigned to Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific (CHSCWP). During his assignment at CHSCWP, he filled the duties of the Training Officer. He checked on board HSC-3 in June of 2014 as the Executive Officer.
CDR Tripiano has over 3,000 flight hours and his personal awards include the Air Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal ( one with Valor, four awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit awards.