Capt. Anthony “Tony” Butera is the director of intelligence and information operations (N2/N39), commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. From July 2017 to June 2019 he was the Commander, Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC), Intelligence Directorate, United States Strategic Command (USSSTRATCOM) at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Prior to his major command tour, he was the director of intelligence (SOJ2) for Special Operations Command Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.
For 35 months, Butera was the commander of the Joint Targets Squadron, part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While at JSOC, he served in Afghanistan as deputy J2 of a special operations task force engaged in operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
Butera’s sea tours include USS Barry (DDG 52), Norfolk, Virginia and the staff of the commander, U.S. 6th Fleet embarked in USS La Salle (AGF 3), Gaeta, Italy. His shore tours include the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, the Joint Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency and a previous tour on the N2/N39 staff of commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Tony earned a bachelor of arts degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and was commissioned through the Navy ROTC program. He graduated with distinction from the Naval War College’s nonresident program with a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies and was the 2006—07 chief of naval operations federal executive fellow to the RAND Corporation.
Warfare qualified as a surface warfare officer and an information warfare officer, he was awarded the Central Intelligence Agency Seal Medal (2010) and three naval intelligence community-wide awards for leadership. He has also earned several individual, unit and campaign awards.