Navy Biography

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus

Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus


Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus 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 earned a regular Navy commission through NROTC. He graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUD/S) training in December 1979, with Class 105.

Vice Adm. Pybus has served in SEAL, Underwater Demolition, Special Boat, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle tours within NSW and has held positions at Joint Special Operations Command and United States Special Operations Command. Command tours include units in Panama, Germany and Bahrain, as well as duty as commodore, NSWG-1, San Diego. As a flag officer, he has served as J-3, USSOCOM, 2007-2009; commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, 2009-2011; commander, Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California, 2011-2013; and commander, NATO SOF Headquarters, Mons, Belgium, 2013-2014.  He is currently the deputy commander, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Florida.

He has participated in special operations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (1), Defense Superior Service Medal (3), 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.


Updated: 20 November 2014