Cmdr. Rocky B. Pulley, a native of Boise, Idaho, enlisted in the Navy in 1986 as an Aviation Ordnanceman. His initial assignment was with the Weapons Department at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nev. In 1989, he reported to the USS Midway (CV 41); supporting numerous deployments including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Fiery Vigil. In 1991, he reported to the Silver Foxes of VA-155, NAS Whidbey Island, aboard the USS Ranger (CV 61). During his tenure, he supported Operations Deny Flight and Restore Hope.
In 1994, Pulley reported to Medium Attack Weapons School, at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. In 1996, he reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 140 (VAQ 140). Embarked on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing Seven, he provided support to Operation Southern Watch in the Persian Gulf. Additionally, he was selected as NAS Whidbey Island’s Sea Sailor of the Year for 1996.
In 1999, as Aviation Ordnance Chief Petty Officer, Pulley was attached to Naval Air Maintenance Training Unit, NAS Whidbey Island. In 2000, he received his Commission as a Limited Duty Officer. In his first assignment in a Commissioned status, Pulley was attached to the Warhawks of VFA-97 in Lemoore, Calif. During his tour, he completed two deployments with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). During this tenure, he supported Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
In 2003, Cmdr. Pulley reported to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW 14) deployed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in direct support of a Seventh Fleet Deployment. In 2005, he received orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School, NAS Lemoore, Calif. In 2008, he became the Ordnance Handling Officer on-board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), home-ported in Everett, Wash. While On-board, he supported Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
In 2011, he received orders as Officer in Charge (OIC) at Naval Munitions Command, DET Whidbey Island, Wash. Under his charge, the Detachment directly supported 22 tenant activities, USS Nimtiz (CVN 68), Naval Magazine Indian Island, and both Canadian and Australian forces in all ordnance build up, deliveries and shipment. Cmdr. Pulley then reported to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. Here he served as a community leader for more than 1,200 Naval Officers as a Mentor, Career Developer and Detailer.
Cmdr. Pulley assumed Command of Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash. June 29, 2017.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and numerous Joint and Unit awards.