2016 SOY Finalist (Shore) - MA1(EXW/IW) Anthony S. Puleo III

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Master-at-Arms First Class Anthony S. Puleo, III, attended Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School and enlisted in the United States Navy in March 2007. His first assignment was with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

From his start at PNSY, he was selected as Blue Jacket of the Year 2009. He led a shift of 10 Sailors as Patrol Supervisor and was the first Seamen in command history to achieve the Small Craft Insignia. Shortly after his transfer to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) Four, he volunteered for an Individual Augmentee assignment to Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait as Lead Command Armorer.

Upon his return to CRS Four, he achieved the qualification of Anti-Terrorism Tactical Watch Officer and Tactical Operations Center Watch Officer. He was directly responsible for the operational and tactical control of escorts and landward security forces across the 5th Fleet AOR. As Lead Command Trainer he trained and evaluated over 500 Sailors in preparation for deployments across the Middle East, Europe and Asia from 2009-2014.

In January 2014 he reported to Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii where he earned his Information Warfare Qualification. In June 2014 he was selected to fill the NIOC Hawaii Command Security Officer position and held the responsibility of overall security for three National Security Agency sites on the island.

When the billet was unfunded NSA Petty Officer Puleo completed his tour at Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific where he led 16 Sailors, 30 civilians and 5 government contracted organizations. His team conducted 26 AT events in support of RIMPAC, tested experimental technologies for the Navy's Maritime Expeditionary Transit Security mission and worked directly with an Under Secretary of the Navy.

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