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Sean Averell Pybus
Vice Admiral Sean Averell Pybus
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1979-2016
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held Deputy, United States Special Operations Command
Naval Special Warfare Command
Awards 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Pybus became Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California from 2011 to 2013.[5] His last position before retirement was as deputy commander, USSOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, 2014-2016.[6]

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Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

U.S. military decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards)
Gold star
Legion of Merit (two awards)
Gold star
Gold star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (four awards)
Joint Service Commendation
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with bronze campaign stars)
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with bronze campaign stars)
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with three bronze service stars
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Badge
Navy Pistol Marksmanship Badge
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
US Navy SEALs insignia.png SEAL Trident
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
United States Special Operations Command Insignia.svg United States Special Operations Command Badge

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