|Sean Averell Pybus|
Vice Admiral Sean Averell Pybus
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1979-2016|
Deputy, United States Special Operations Command|
Naval Special Warfare Command
Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Sean A. Pybus is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as the deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2014 to 2016. He previously served as the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command from 2011 to 2013.
Military career[edit | edit source]
Pybus graduated from University of Rochester in 1979 and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps. After his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land training in Coronado, Calif. He graduated with BUD/S class 105 in December 1979. He has served operationally in an Underwater Demolition Team, SEAL Team, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team and Special Boat Team. As a platoon commander with SEAL Team ONE, Pybus completed a deployment to the Philippines. In 1984, Pybus was assigned to SEAL Team Six and completed a grueling selection and training course. Pybus went on to serve as Assault Squadron Commander during the Achille Lauro hijacking.
Pybus has participated in several classified contingency operations and has served as a SEAL platoon commander and joint special operations staff officer. His overseas assignments include service in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Pybus earned a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in 1998. He served command tours of Naval Special Warfare Unit 2 in Germany and Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 from July 2005 to Jun 2007. Pybus was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2007 and subsequently served as Director of Operations, J-3, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), 2007-2009 followed by assignment to Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii as Commander,Special Operations Command Pacific from 2009-2011. Pybus became Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California from 2011 to 2013. His last position before retirement was as deputy commander, USSOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, 2014-2016.
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Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "An Elite Command Rear Admiral Sean Pybus ’79 takes command of the Navy SEALS". University of Rochester. 2011. http://www.rochester.edu/pr/Review/V74N1/0502_pybus.html.
- Pfarrer, Charles (2004). Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal.
- "Interview: Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus, NAVSPECWARCOM Commander". Defense Media Network. January 2, 2012. https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/interview-rear-adm-sean-a-pybus-navspecwarcom-commander/.
- "SOCPAC conductschange of command ceremony". Hookele Pearl Harbor Hickam News. June 17, 2011. http://www.hookelenews.com/socpac-conductschange-of-command-ceremony/.
- "SEAL leader: 'Disappointed, embarrassed, concerned'". The San Diego Union Tribune. September 4, 2012. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sdut-seal-commander-disappointed-embarrassed-concerned-2012sep04-htmlstory.html.
- "Pybus on deck as Socom’s second in command". Tampa Bay Times. April 1, 2014. http://www.tbo.com/list/military-news/pybus-on-deck-as-socoms-second-in-command-20140401/.
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