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Commandant of Cadets

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Captain Geno F. Paluso, USN
Commandant of Cadets

Geno F. Paluso, II
United States Navy


CAPT Eugene "Geno" Paluso was born and raised in Washington, Pa and attended college at The Citadel in Charleston S.C where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1989. He began his military career in the Navy after being commissioned an Ensign upon graduation and reported for duty as a student at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, CA where he graduated with class 164 in January 1990. He previously served as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer on active duty, serving for over 25 years before taking his current position. He retired from the Navy in July 2014 and is currently the Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

During his career, Paluso held leadership roles commanding special operations forces in the Balkans, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has led men and women in combat at all levels. Paluso has a Master’s of Military Science from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy Resourcing from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Commendation Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous other service awards and commendations.

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