A native of San Clemente, Calif., Rear Admiral Masso graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1977 and was commissioned an ensign through the NROTC program. While assigned in USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964), he served as 1st Lieutenant, Navigator and ASW officer. Following his division officer tour he was a Joint Chiefs of Staff intern and a junior officer assignment officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Surface Warfare Distribution Division.
In 1984, he transitioned to the Select Reserve (SELRES). SELRES assignments include USS Ainsworth (FF-1090) augment unit; Fleet Training Group San Diego; executive officer, USS Constellation (CV-64) augment unit; commander, Reserve Readiness Region 16; US European Command; executive officer, NMCRC Atlanta; and assistant chief of staff for Operations (N3), COMSIXTHFLT Det 802.
Command assignments include Naval Communications Station Diego Garcia; USS Reeves (CG-24) augment unit; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Iceland; Fleet Support Training Unit Atlanta; COMFAIRCARIB 107; Navy Command Center 106; CINCEASTLANT 108; and commander Striking Fleet Atlantic Det 102.
Flag assignments include deputy commander, Naval Surface Force US Atlantic Fleet, vice commander Naval Surface Forces Command; assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (OPNAV N1B); commander Navy Personnel Command/deputy chief of Naval Personnel.
During his tenure at Navy Personnel Command, Masso led Task Force Individual Augmentation spearheading Navy’s effort to source manpower requirements in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and JTF Horn of Africa; was flag lead for the Human Resources community; and was the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education domain liaison to the Warfighter Enterprises.
Masso’s decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (Gold Star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (Gold Star). He is most proud, though, of being an honorary Chief Petty Officer and of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to the men and women of Navy Command Center 106 for actions during and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.