Deputy Director

Michael S. Sciretta
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta assumed the duties of Deputy Director for Joint Interagency Task Force South in July 2020.

Rear Adm. Sciretta is a native of New Jersey. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he was commissioned in January 1992 thru the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Post Graduate School and is a graduate of the Navy Executive Development Course from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

His sea tours include auxiliaries officer and main propulsion assistant onboard USS Juneau (LPD 10), fire control officer onboard USS Cowpens (CG 63), operations officer onboard both USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69).

Sciretta commanded Mine Countermeasures Ship Crew Fearless onboard USS Chief (MCM 14) and USS Ardent (MCM 12). Crew Fearless deployed twice to Mina Sulman, Bahrain and earned consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards and the 2005 Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Award. Sciretta commissioned and commanded USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). During final contract trials, Jason Dunham earned the highest scores on record of any Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. During command of USS Cowpens (CG 63), Sciretta’s team paved the way for the first Ticonderoga Class Cruiser inducted into Phased Modernization. His most recent command tour was USS Lake Erie (CG 70).

Ashore he served two tours at Navy Personnel Command as Surface Placement, Surface Junior Officer sea coordinator, Assistant Surface Captain assignment officer and deputy director, Surface Warfare Distribution Division in PERS 41 and as executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel / Commander, Navy Personnel Command (DCNP/CNPC EA) ; NATO Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Center in Lisbon, Portugal where he conducted joint analysis in Afghanistan in support of the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission ; deputy chief of Legislative Affairs ; and director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office where he travelled extensively abroad with members of congress.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (4 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign, expeditionary and unit awards.