|CAPT Michael J. Giannetti
CAPT Giannetti hails from Vestal, New York. He graduated from Vestal Central High School in 1988, earned a BS in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1992, and a MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in 2007. He has completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and II. In 1993, he attended Basic and Intermediate Flight Training at VT-6 in Whiting Field, Florida and Advanced Flight Training at VT-31 in Corpus Christi, TX. He was winged a Naval Aviator in March 1995.
In September 1995, CAPT Giannetti completed FRS training in the P-3C Orion and received follow on orders to fly the EP-3E with the “Rangers” of VQ-2 in Rota, Spain. While attached to the Rangers, he held the positions of Schedules Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He led crews during numerous detachments to Italy, Greece, and Bahrain flying missions in the Mediterranean Sea, over the Balkans during the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, and in the Arabian Gulf. He was selected as the VQ-2 Pilot of the Year for 1998.
After leaving Spain, CAPT Giannetti reported back to the “Pros Nest” at VP-30 where he served as the Public Affairs Officer and Aviation Safety Officer for the largest squadron in the Navy. He attained qualifications as a FRS Instructor Pilot and Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor.
In 2002, CAPT Giannetti reported aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for duty as the Assistant Navigator where he completed two deployments for operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He earned Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway qualifications and was selected as COMNAVAIRLANT Shiphandler of the Year for 2003.
Following his tour on CVN-71, he received follow on orders back to VQ-2 in Rota, Spain as a Department Head where he served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and the Maintenance Officer. He held the position of Officer In Charge of VQ-2 detachments at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece and Forward Operating Location Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
In 2005, CAPT Giannetti reported to Navy Personnel Command NSA Millington, TN where he served as the detailer for the EP-3 and TACAMO Officers and as the placement officer for the VQ and VT communities. During this tour he was selected for Aviation Command.
In 2008, CAPT Giannetti reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of the “World Watchers”. During that tour, VQ-1 completed detachments to the Middle East, South America, and the Pacific theater. The squadron was recognized for operational excellence, winning the Battle “E” in 2009. After completing his command tour, he was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon as the Sensors and Special Projects Aircraft Branch Head. In 2013, he was selected for Major Command at sea and is currently the Executive Officer onboard USS Green Bay (LPD-20).
CAPT Giannetti has accumulated over 3000 flight hours in P-3C and EP-3E aircraft. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as various campaign, squadron, and unit awards.