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Executive Officer
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Executive Officer
Capt. Joseph J. Furco


Capt. Joseph J. Furco is a native of Key West, Florida and was raised in Deerfield, Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Spanish minor from the United States Naval Academy in 1999.
Designated a Naval Aviator in June 2002, his first operational assignment was with the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147. He deployed twice aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.  
 
In September 2005, Furco reported to VFA-122 as an F/A-18E/F instructor pilot. He completed his Executive Master of Business Administration degree and was honored with the Admiral Wesley L. McDonald Leadership Award given to the most outstanding Strike Fighter (Pacific) Junior Officer of the year. 
 
In April 2008, he reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)/OPNAV N82 Appropriations Matters office in Washington, DC. Furco managed the Navy’s Manpower and Procurement of Ammunition budgets at the congressional level, in excess of $30 billion annually, earning his Defense Financial Manager/Comptroller subspecialty.
  
Furco joined the “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 for his department head tour in May 2010, deploying aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to support Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. 
 
In August 2012, Furco reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-6 C4/Cyber and was also part of the National Military Command Center Crisis Management Team.  

Furco joined VFA-143 as executive officer in November 2016 and assumed command of the squadron in May 2018.  As Taproom 1, he led the “World Famous Pukin’ Dogs” through work-ups and a deployment on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of several operations, including Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He proudly watched those Sailors win the Battle “E” before reporting to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces as the executive assistant to the deputy commander in August 2019.  

Furco currently has the honor of working for the Sailors of PCU John F. Kennedy as their Executive Officer.
 
Furco has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and has logged over 700 carrier arrested landings.  His awards include the 2008 Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet Admiral Wesley L. McDonald Leadership Award and a Public Service Award from the United States Attorney’s Office for outstanding law enforcement service in 2012.  His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (three Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.

 
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