Admiral Samuel J. Paparo | Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet


Adm. Sam Paparo, a native of Morton, Pennsylvania, graduated from Villanova University and was commissioned in 1987. He is the son of a former enlisted sailor and the grandson of an enlisted sailor during World War II. He received a Master of Arts in International Studies from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.

A US Navy aviator, he graduated TOPGUN and flew over 6,000 hours in F-14, F-15 and F / A-18 and 1,100 aircraft carrier landings.

Operational Command visits at sea include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Yokosuka, Japan, which deploy in the Kitty Hawk Strike Group; VFA 106, NAS Oceana, Va; Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, embarked aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group and commander of Carrier Strike Group 10.

Other operational assignments at sea include Fighter Squadron (VF) 14, piloting the F-14 Tomcat with the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Groups and the VFA-15, piloting the F / A -18 Hornet with USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Enterprise strike groups.

In Joint Operational Service, he was Director of Operations (J3) at US Central Command, Tampa, Florida; Battle Director at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid, Qatar; and Commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan with 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade. He also served on exchange duty with the US Air Force flying the F-15C Eagle with the 71st Fighter Squadron, deploying several times to Saudi Arabia and Keflavik, Iceland.

Land assignments include the Naval Air Force Commander’s staff as the F / A-18 training, readiness and requirements officer. He was director of the programming division (OPNAV N80), strategy and the resource and needs review board.

Executive staff visits include the service of Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Executive Assistant to the 31st Chief of Naval Operations.

His most recent posting was Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, Manama, Bahrain.


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