USS Cowpens
"The Mighty Moo"
Commanding Officer (Aug 29, 2014 - Present) 
Captain Michael “Scott” Sciretta
Commanding Officer

Captain Sciretta is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice and was commissioned as an Ensign in January 1992 thru the Penn State NROTC program.

His sea tours include Auxiliaries Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant on board USS JUNEAU (LPD 10), Fire Control Officer on board USS COWPENS (CG 63), Operations Officer on board USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), and Operations Officer on board USS VICKSBURG (CG 69).

Sciretta commanded MCM CREW FEARLESS on board USS CHIEF (MCM 14) and USS ARDENT (MCM 12). CREW FEARLESS deployed twice to Mina Sulman, Bahrain and earned consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards and the 2005 Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Award. Sciretta also commissioned and commanded USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109). During Final Contract Trials, JASON DUNHAM earned the highest scores on record of any Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer.

Shore assignments included two tours at Navy Personnel Command where he served as Surface Placement, Surface Junior Officer Sea Coordinator, Assistant Surface Captain Assignment Officer and Deputy Director, Surface Warfare Distribution Division in PERS 41 and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel / Commander, Navy Personnel Command (DCNP/CNPC EA). He also served at the NATO Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Center in Lisbon, Portugal for joint duty assignment and conducted joint analysis in Afghanistan in support of the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission.

Sciretta holds a Masters of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a graduate of the Navy Executive Development Course from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (four gold stars), the Navy Achievement Medal (one gold star), and various campaign, expeditionary and unit awards.

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