Captain Anthony F. Scarpino is the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in 1995. He completed the Georgetown University Capitol Hill fellowship program in 2010 and holds a Master of Business Administration from Touro University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College.
Commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1996, Captain Scarpino was winged as a Naval Aviator 1998 and reported to his first operational squadron, Patrol Squadron Four (VP) 4 in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where he served as a P-3 Orion pilot, NATOPS instructor pilot and mission commander, deploying to Southeast Asia, Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Transitioning to the Navy C-130 community in 2003, he completed department head tours at Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 62 in Brunswick, ME and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 64 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, while deploying around the world in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. His command tour was with Fleet Logistics Squadron (VR) 62 relocated in Jacksonville, Florida, where the command earned two consecutive Battle “E” awards.
Captain Scarpino’s shore assignments include branch chief, reserve affairs for US Central Command (USCENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, as well as a member of the CENTCOM commanders congressional support team. He completed two assignments in Washington, DC, as legislative affairs head for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N095 and as Congressional fellow for U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond. He also served as an instructor pilot with Fleet Replacement Squadron Thirty (VP) 30 at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Forida.
He has accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours in a variety of naval aircraft. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and other personal, unit and campaign awards.