Anthony J. Polo
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO
United States Navy
Commander Anthony J. Polo graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and was commissioned as an Ensign in December 2003. Following commissioning, CDR Polo reported to Pensacola, Florida for aviation training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2005.
CDR Polo's first fleet assignment was in San Diego, California from December 2006-2009 with the Saberhawks of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light FOUR SEVEN (HSL-47). He flew the SH-60B during the 2008 ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet AORs in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) and USS SHOUP (DDG 86). After deployment he transitioned the squadron to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN SEVEN (HSM-77) to fly the MH-60R. While assigned to the Saberhawks, he served as a Squadron Schedule Writer, Detachment Maintenance Officer, and NATOPS Officer.
Following his tour with the Saberhawks, CDR Polo reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) HSM-41 as an instructor pilot from 2009-2012 in San Diego. While assigned to HSM-41 he was selected to attend the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) course in Fallon, Nevada. Following graduation from SWTI (Class 02-11) he was assigned as the FRS Squadron WTI where he managed the tactics phase of the FRS syllabus. His next assignment in 2012 was with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17), as the CVW-17 Helicopter Operations Officer in San Diego. CDR Polo deployed onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR).
In 2015 CDR Polo reported to the Battlecats of HSM-73 attached to CVW-17. He deployed as the Combat Element Officer-in-Charge onboard USS DEWEY (DDG 105) in support of OIR and 7th Fleet AOR Operations. He later led the Battlecats as the Operations Officer through the Optimized Fleet Readiness Plan with the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group in preparation for their 2017 5th and 7th Fleet deployment.
CDR Polo was most recently assigned to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany as a Political-Military Desk Officer for numerous Western European Allied countries in the J5/8 - Policy, Strategy, Partnering and Capabilities Directorate.
CDR Polo has accumulated over 2,500 total flight hours. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and numerous other campaign and unit awards. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from The University of Oklahoma and his Joint Professional Military Education from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College.