Rear Adm. Antonio was raised in Bowie, Maryland and is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. He also earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as a naval engineer’s degree in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Upon commissioning, Antonio served aboard USS Peterson (DD 969) as an anti-submarine warfare officer and damage control assistant. He subsequently was approved for lateral transfer to the engineering duty officer community.
As an engineering duty officer, Antonio’s tours include ship superintendent, Norfolk Naval Shipyard; exchange officer, Canadian Forces’ Directorate of Ship Engineering; budget officer, Atlantic Fleet Maintenance Officer’s Staff; acquisition manager, USS San Antonio (LPD 17) Class New Construction Program (PMS 317); operations cycle director, Surface Combatant Modernization Program Office (PMS 400F); ship design manager, Future Aircraft Carriers (SEA 05); and chief of staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs. From 2007 to 2011, Antonio served as the major program manager for Future Aircraft Carriers (PMS 378).
While serving as executive assistant and naval aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Antonio was selected for promotion to flag rank and was assigned as fleet maintenance officer on the staff of U.S. Pacific Fleet. In September 2013, he returned to Washington, District of Columbia and served as program executive officer of Littoral Combat Ships. He assumed duties as program executive officer, Aircraft Carriers in June 2016.
Antonio’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), and Meritorious Service Medal (five awards).