|Capt. Anthony J. Parisi, USN|
Chief of Staff, Naval Postgraduate School
Captain Anthony J. Parisi was born and raised in Gloucester, Mass. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1984. Prior to entering the Navy, Captain Parisi worked with his father aboard the family’s commercial fishing trawler, F/V GLOUCESTERMAN. He earned his commission in the Navy via the NROTC scholarship program at Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1988 with a BA in International Studies.
Prior to starting the Division Officer Course in the summer of 1988, then Ensign Parisi was assigned to the USS BOULDER (LST 1190), where he served as Assistant DCA for several weeks before reporting to SWOSCOLCOM. After graduating from the Division Officer and Steam EOOW courses, he began his first division officer tour on USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). Captain Parisi served on FORRESTAL from January 1989 until May 1991 and held various billets, including Special Services Officer, Assistant Training Officer, Deck Division Officer and Assistant First Lieutenant. Captain Parisi’s next assignment was as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG 24) from August 1991 until June 1993. Captain Parisi also served as Boarding Officer and completed more than 75 boarding’s in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq following Operation Desert Storm in the Northern Red Sea.
Captain Parisi then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs, East and Southeast Asian studies in December 1994. Following Naval Postgraduate School and Dept. Head School in Newport, Rhode Island, Captain Parisi reported to USS JOHN RODGERS (DD 983) where he served as Combat Systems Officer from August 1995 until May 1997. Captain Parisi was then selected for LT command, and after completing the Prospective Commanding Officer Course in Newport, assumed command of USS ZEPHYR (PC 8) in Talcahuano, Chile on 30 September 1997. ZEPHYR and her sister ship USS SQUALL (PC 7) were deployed in support of UNITAS 38-97. Captain Parisi commanded ZEPHYR during the first and only circumnavigation of South America by a CYCLONE class Patrol Coastal ship.
Captain Parisi’s next assignment was as Intelligence Analyst at J-2 AFSOUTH Naples, Italy. Captain Parisi served as a joint operations center watch officer and intelligence analyst during the Kosovo conflict. Captain Parisi served at AFSOUTH from April 1999 until February 2001. Captain Parisi then went back to sea as Executive Officer on USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) from June 2001 through September 2002. Following a successful tour on HIGGINS, Captain Parisi reported to SWOSCOLCOM as a Maritime Warfare Instructor, where he served from October 2002 to October 2005. Captain Parisi’s next assignment was as Commanding Officer of USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68) homeported in Mayport, Fla. He commanded THE SULLIVANS from June 2006 through December 2007, deploying to the Mediterranean and Black Seas in support of Commander U.S. Sixth Fleet and the Global War on Terrorism.
Captain Parisi then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating in March 2009 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs. He then reported aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and served as the Surface Operations Officer in Commander Strike Group 8 staff and deploying in support of operations in Afghanistan. From June 2009 until December 2011, Captain Parisi served as Commanding Officer, Afloat Training Group, Mayport, Fla. Following his third successful command tour, Captain Parisi was selected to be the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to the Republic of Italy.
Captain Parisi arrived on station in Rome in June of 2012. Captain Parisi has made several deployments to the Mediterranean, Black, Adriatic and North Red Sea. He also participated in several shorter deployments to Northern Europe, the Eastern Pacific, Arabian Gulf and South America.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).
Captain Parisi is married to the former Miss Joy Rogers of El Paso, Illinois. They have two children, Madison and Dylan.