New Commander of NATO Special Forces is a SEAL Officer

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus

From U.S. Navy:  Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus is a career Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL officer with multiple Joint Special Operations duty assignments. 

He graduated from the University of Rochester ini 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a regular Navy commission through NROTC. He graduated BUD/S training in December 1979, with Class 105.

Vice Admiral Pybus has served in SEAL, Underwater Demolition, Special Boat, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle tours within NSW, and has held positions at Joint Special Operations Command and United States Special Operations Command. Command tours include units in Panama, Germany and Bahrain, as well as duty as Commodore, NSWG-1, San Diego. As a flag officer, he has served as J-3, Center for Special Operations, USSOCOM, 2007-2009; Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, 2009-2011; Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California, 2011-2013. He is currently Commander, NATO SOF Headquarters, Mons, Belgium.

He has participated in special operations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (1), Defense Superior Service Medal (3), Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), and various other awards.  He is also a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.  (photo: U.S. Navy)

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