Rear Adm. Asselta is a native of Whitesboro, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and was commissioned an Ensign through Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship program in 1990. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
His active component tours include assignments in Public Works, Mount Clemens, Michigan; assistant resident officer in charge of Construction, Lakehurst, New Jersey; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven, Gulfport, Mississippi; and Second Naval Construction Brigade, Little Creek, Virginia.
Affiliating with the Navy Reserve in 2000, he served as staff officer, Environmental Engineer Unit Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia and executive officer for Navy Reserve Contingency Engineer Management, Tampa, Florida. During that tour, he was recalled to active duty as the assistant force engineer, Naval Forces Central Command Bahrain supporting infrastructure development in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Seychelles, and United Arab Emirates. He then served as executive officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22, Fort Worth, Texas and operations officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Contingency Engineer Unit in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, he served as branch chief to Joint Staff Deputy Directorate J35 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Command tours include Naval Mobile Construction 23, Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he deployed two detachments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completing his tour he deployed with Third Naval Construction Regiment to Afghanistan and had charge of operations of the 5,800 Combat and General Engineer Task Force. His most recent tour was as commander, Seventh Naval Construction Regiment and deputy commander, Naval Construction Group Two, Gulfport, Mississippi.
Asselta is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a registered professional engineer in the states of Florida and Delaware. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with a Certification to Level III. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and various unit awards.