Rear Adm. Pybus assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Command on June 30, 2011.
He is a career Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL officer with multiple Joint Special Operations duty assignments. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received a regular Navy commission through Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Pybus has served in SEAL, Underwater Demolition, Special Boat, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle tours within NSW, and has held operations positions at Joint Special Operations Command and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Command tours include units in Panama, Germany and Bahrain, as well as duty as commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 1, San Diego. As a flag officer, he has served as J-3, Center for Special Operations, USSOCOM, 2007-2009. He reported to Naval Special Warfare Command from his previous assignment as commander, Special Operations Command Pacific.
He has participated in special operations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), and various other awards. He is also a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.