Vernazza is a native of New Jersey and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1990. As a Surface Warfare Officer his assignments included serving as
Electrical Officer aboard USS AYLWIN (FF-1081), Main Propulsion Assistant
aboard USS CAPODANNO (FF-1093) and Officer-In-Charge of Engineering Training
Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Intelligence Officer, Captain Vernazza’s initial assignments included Asian
Tactical Officer and Northeast Asia Naval Branch Chief at Joint Intelligence
Center Pacific (JICPAC); Fleet Intelligence Support Officer, Commander U.S.
THIRD Fleet, aboard USS CORONADO (AGF-11); and Intelligence Requirements and
Readiness Officer at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF).
leadership assignments included Command Operations Officer, JFCOM Intelligence
Command, Norfolk, Virginia; Deputy Branch Head for Battlespace Awareness
Programs, OPNAV N2; Team Lead for Intelligence and Irregular Warfare, 2010
Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), OPNAV N00X; Director for Intelligence,
Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN, aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) San Diego, California;
Director for Intelligence, Commander U.S. THIRD Fleet; and Division Director,
Information Warfare Community & Foreign Area Officer Assignments/Senior
Intelligence Officer Detailer (PERS-47).
Major Command tour, CAPT Vernazza served as Commanding Officer, Navy
Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia and Commander, Task Force
1050. During this tour CTF 1050 was
recognized with the 2015 National Security Agency Director's Trophy and NIOC
Georgia was recognized with the Navy's Retention Excellence Award in both 2015
recipient of the Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton Naval Intelligence Leadership
Award, he is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow and a
Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellow. He has a Master’s
Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University, a Certificate in
Legislative Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Naval
War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Vernazza has been awarded the Legion of Merit (3), Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3),
Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine
Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various other campaign & unit awards.
Updated: 18 Sep 2018