Raised in Tok, Alaska, LCDR Anthony Hruby enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer in 2000. After completing Aircrew School, Rescue Swimmer School, and Aviation Ordnanceman (AO) School in Pensacola, his first tour was with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2) in Norfolk, Virginia. After a deployment with the Desert Ducks out of Bahrain, AO3 Hruby was selected to the Seaman-to-Admiral 21program in 2002 and reported to Naval Science Institute, in Newport, Rhode Island.
In November 2003, AO2 Hruby reported to Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, ENS Hruby was selected for the pilot pipeline and moved to Pensacola, Florida. Completing 2 years of flight training LTJG Hruby ultimately selected to become a ‘World Watcher’ with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) out of Whidbey Island, Washington flying surveillance/reconnaissance missions. Six deployments to the desert, four Air Medals, and 1,500 flight hours later, LT Hruby became a ‘Red Knight’ transferring to Training Squadron Three (VT-3) back in Pensacola, Florida.
In June of 2014, he reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit/USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) as a Shooter on the newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier in the fleet. While stationed on USS Gerald R. Ford, LT Hruby completed his Master’s degree in Quality Systems Management, received his Six Sigma BlackBelt, and was selected for Lateral Transfer to Human Resources. After becoming TOPCAT and a Ford Plankowner, LT Hruby transferred to Navy Recruiting District Seattle, serving as Enlisted Production Officer. In 2019, LCDR Hruby chose to take advantage of the Navy’s talent retention program- the Career Intermission Program (CIP) taking a year off to further his education and start a family. LCDR Hruby returned to the Navy in November 2019 and assumed the duties as Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Commander Hruby’s personal awards include Air Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (2) and various campaign and unit awards.