Rear Adm. Scott Pappano graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At sea, Pappano served on USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), USS Michigan (SSBN 727 Gold), and USS Ohio (SSGN 726). He commanded USS Buffalo (SSN 715) while forward-deployed in Guam.
Assignments ashore include duty in the Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12 Tactical Action Group; onboard x-Daniel Webster (MTS 626) at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston, S.C.; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; and Executive Assistant to the Director, Programming Division (N80) on the Navy Staff.
After selection as an Acquisition Professional, Pappano served in the Special Operations Forces Mobility Program Office (PMS 399); as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and as Major Program Manager for the Strategic and Attack Submarine Program Office (PMS 392) where he was responsible for in-service submarine maintenance, modernization and inactivation.
Pappano served on teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon.
Pappano began serving in his initial flag assignment in June 2018 as the Director, Comprehensive Test Facility. He assumed command of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in December 2018.
Pappano is a native of Bethlehem, Penn.