Captain Peter Pagano, a native of Queens, New York received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from St. Johns University, NY and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1986.
Upon his commissioning, Captain Pagano was assigned to the USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (CG 20) in Charleston, SC, deploying in support of Operation EARNEST WILL.
In December 1990, Captain Pagano reported to Surface Warfare Officers School as a Combat Systems instructor at the Division Officer Course. During this tour, he earned a Masters Degree in Foreign Affairs from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Upon completion of Department Head School in October 1993, he reported to USS UNDERWOOD (FFG-36) in Mayport, FL, as Combat Systems Officer and completed an Operation SOUTHERN WATCH deployment. Following this assignment, Captain Pagano assumed duties as Damage Control Assistant in USS AMERICA (CV-66) where he participated in Operations RESTORE DEMOCRACY and DELIBERATE FORCE. In June 1996, he was assigned as a student to the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and subsequently completed the Armed Forces Staff College.
In February 1998, Captain Pagano assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG-49) completing a Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) deployment. In July of 1999 he reported to USCINCLANTFLT as action officer and assistant branch head for Plans and Policies in the N5 Directorate. Following this assignment, Captain Pagano reported to USJFCOM Joint Warfighting Center as a Deployable Training Team Observer/Trainer supporting combatant commanders’ real world and exercise requirements globally. In June 2004, Captain Pagano became the Commanding Officer of USS CARR (FFG-52). Under his command, CARR conducted a pioneering deployment to the Gulf of Guinea and western Africa in support of EUCOM theater security objectives. In July 2006, he assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3). As Executive Officer, Captain Pagano participated in Operation SEA ANGEL II, when KEARSARGE provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Bangladesh in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Sidr. Captain Pagano served as Fleet Operations officer for Commander, U.S. SECOND FLEET from July 2008 to July 2009. In November 2009, he reported to COMPHIBRON FOUR as Deputy Commander.
In December 2010, Captain Pagano became Commodore of PHIBRON FOUR and Commander, KEARSARGE Amphibious Ready Group. He led the KEARSARGE ARG and attached units during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN in Libya.
Captain Pagano served as Chief of Staff of Navy Warfare Development Command from July 2012 to February of 2014. Currently, he is Executive Officer of Tactical Training Group Atlantic.
Captain Pagano is a designated Joint Qualified Officer. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various service medals and unit awards.