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John Pucciarelli

Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel
Deputy Commander, Navy Personnel Command

Mr. John Pucciarelli grew up in Staten Island, New York.  He received a commission in 1989 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He later earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in June 2005.  Mr. Pucciarelli is a graduate of Class 22 of the Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, “Executive Excellence” Leader Development Program. 

Mr. Pucciarelli served 23 years of active duty as Navy Surface Warfare Officer with sea tours in frigates, combat logistics support vessels and aircraft carriers.  He served ashore at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, with the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Office of the Inspector General and as Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Mr. Pucciarelli had Command-level experience onboard Naval Consolidated Brig, Charleston, South Carolina and an Executive-level tour onboard Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, San Diego, California.  Post retirement, he was Assistant Facility Director – Operations with Florida Department of Corrections, Santa Fe Community Release Center in Gainesville, Florida.  He joined Navy Personnel Command, Corrections and Programs Office in November 2014 as Senior Correctional Program Specialist.

Mr. Pucciarelli became the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel / Deputy Commander, Navy Personnel Command on January 2nd, 2022.  He most recently served as Deputy Director of the Navy Corrections and Programs Office since December 2016.  He is a Department of Justice certified auditor and an American Correctional Association certified auditor.  He has earned the Certified Corrections Executive credential.  Mr. Pucciarelli has extensive graduate-level teaching experience at the Naval War College in Strategy and Policy and was a Military Fellow with the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups.  He is a certified executive coach with practical mentoring and teaching experience at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center / Command Leadership School. 

Mr. Pucciarelli has been awarded the Department of the Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal and the Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal.

Mr. Pucciarelli is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Life Member of the Naval War College Foundation.
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