|CAPT Dominic DeScisciolo
Commanding Officer (April 2010 - May 2011)
A native of New York, Captain DeScisciolo began his military career in the U.S. Army as a UH-1H (“Huey”) helicopter mechanic and crew chief. His three-year enlistment included tours with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in FT Campbell, KY and the Eighth U.S. Army in the Republic of Korea.
Upon completion of his Army service he attended Siena College in Albany, NY, graduating in 1986 with a B.Sc. in Biology. At the same time he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through the NROTC program at nearby Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. He is a distinguished graduate and Mahan Scholar from the U.S. Naval War College, where he received his M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2003.
Completing Surface Warfare Officers School Division Officers Course (SWOSDOC) as the Arleigh Burke Leadership Award recipient, he served successive Division Officer tours in USS ESTOCIN (FFG 15) from 1988 to 1991. His three-year Department Head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71) from 1994 to 1997.
While in command of USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11) from January 2000 to August 2001, the ship earned two consecutive ‘Golden Anchor’ Fleet Retention Awards. Additionally, GLADIATOR earned the Navy-wide 2000 Search and Rescue (SAR) Excellence Award for recovery operations following a fatal MH-53E helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
He commanded USS RENTZ (FFG 46) from July 2004 to April 2006. During this period RENTZ completed a six-month Counter Narco-Terrorism deployment to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean in support of operations CAPER FOCUS and CARIB SHIELD. Additionally, RENTZ conducted a two-month surge deployment in support of Hurricane Katrina relief. These combined operations resulted in the seizure of 9.6 tons of cocaine, apprehension of 28 narco-traffickers, and the rescue-at-sea of 249 alien migrants.
Post-command he served as the Surface Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Strike Group EIGHT embarked in USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) during their 2006-07 Arabian Gulf deployment. During this period he also served as the CTF-50 Liaison Officer on the staff of COMFIFTHFLT/COMUSNAVCENT in Bahrain.
Ashore he has served as Flag Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Director for Operations (N3) CINCLANTFLT, SWOSDOC Academic Director, Command Leadership School Prospective Executive Officers (PXO) Course Instructor, and most recently as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Advanced Systems and Concepts).
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Third Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Fourth Award), the Army Commendation Medal (Second Award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service medals.