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CAPTAIN Michael J. Vernazza
Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet

Captain 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.

As an 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).

His senior 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).

For his 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 & 2016.

A 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. 

Captain 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

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