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Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 774 Lieutenant Colonel Anthony S. Sferrazza
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LtCol Sferrazza is a native of New York City.  He attended St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, graduating with a BS in Criminal Justice in 2002.  Commissioned via PLC in January 2002, 2ndLt Sferrazza attended primary flight training at NAS Whiting Field, FL and remained at Whiting Field for helicopter training.  2ndLt Sferrazza was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant in January 2004.  1stLt Sferrazza was winged in February 2005.  Subsequent to winging, 1stLt Sferrazza completed the CH-46E program at HMM(T)-164, Camp Pendleton, CA in 2005. 

1stLt Sferrazza joined the Blue Knights of HMM-365, MCAS New River, NC for his first fleet tour as a CH-46E pilot in August 2005.  He participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts followed by a 2006 deployment with HMM-365 (Rein) as 24 MEU (SOC) ACE.  There he participated in numerous operations and training exercises to include the evacuation of American citizens from Beirut, Lebanon.  1stLt Sferrazza was promoted to the rank of Captain in August 2006.  In 2008, Capt Sferrazza deployed again with HMM-365 (Rein) 24 MEU for combat operations to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.  Ground jobs while attached to HMM-365 included Schedule Writer, Adjutant, Family Readiness Officer, and Current Operations Officer. 

In December 2008, Capt Sferrazza joined VMMT-204, MCAS New River for transition to the MV-22B.  While attached to VMMT-204, Captain Sferrazza served as the Assistant Administrative Officer in conjunction with his participation in the MV-22B transition syllabus. 

Upon completion of the MV-22B Fleet Replacement training in August 2009, Capt Sferrazza quickly returned to the fleet as a plank owner Black Knight with VMM-264. There he participated in the initial stand up of the newly designated tilt-rotor squadron bringing it to Final Operating Capability as the Assistant Operations Officer.  In December 2010, Capt Sferrazza deployed with VMM-264 to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Capt Sferrazza resigned from the Active Component in August of 2011 and transitioned with no break in service to the Reserve Component as a selected reservist.  As the first reserve MV-22B pilot, Capt Sferrazza participated in the stand up of the VMMT-204 Squadron Augmentation Unit (SAU).  Capt Sferrazza was promoted to the rank of Major in January 2013.  He concurrently was employed as a MV-22B Contract Simulator Instructor (CSI) with 2D MAW MATSS at New River.  Maj Sferrazza remained there as the SAU OIC until his accession to the Active Reserve in 2015.

Maj Sferrazza reported to HMM-774 at Norfolk, VA in June 2015.  He was assigned as Operations Officer while the Wild Geese completed the sunset of the CH-46E helicopter and redesignated as VMM-774 in October 2015.  As Operations Officer he oversaw the MV-22B transition and attained Safe for Flight through Mid Operating Capability milestones.  Maj Sferrazza assumed duty as Executive Officer in June of 2017.  VMM-774 declared Final Operating Capability in April of 2018, months ahead of schedule.  Maj Sferrazza was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel in June 2018.  During his tenure with VMM-774, the squadron in addition to the MV-22B transition, supported hurricane relief efforts in the wake of Harvey and Irma.   LtCol Sferrazza assumed command of VMM-774 as the interim commander with the planned transfer of the commanding officer, while awaiting the board selection and slating of the future commanding officer. 

Personal Awards:  Maj Sferrazza’s awards include individual Air Medal with combat V, Air Medal with Strike Flight numeral 6, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
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