A native of Buffalo, New York, CDR Dom Lovello enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and served aboard surface ships, aircraft, and submarines in Virginia, Japan, and Hawaii. He was selected for Chief in 1995 and promoted to LDO Ensign in 1997.
His first tour as an officer was as the Electronic Warfare Officer aboard USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62) from 1998-2000. While aboard, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed deployments across the western Pacific and to the Arabian Gulf.
From 2000-2002, he served as the Fleet Support Operations Officer at the Navy Information Operations Command in Misawa, Japan. While there, he qualified as an airborne Special Evaluator and NATOPS Instructor.
2002 saw another transfer to Hawaii, this time as the Officer in Charge of the Navy Information Operations Detachment at Kaneohe Bay. His det provided airborne direct support to units deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2005, CDR Lovello transferred to the Navy Personnel Command to assume duties as an Information Warfare officer detailer and assistant community manager. He departed Tennessee in 2007 to attend the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, RI.
Upon graduation from the War College, CDR Lovello was assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida where he served on the staff of the J2 and completed deployments to Afghanistan and Qatar in support of CENTCOM forward operations.
CDR Lovello’s most recent tour before taking command was as the Deputy Information Warfare Commander on the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group Seven in Okinawa.
CDR Lovello’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, eight Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit awards.
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