Captain Melissa Giannetto
Capt Giannetto graduated from Officer Candidate School in Quantico Virginia in August 2009. She was commissioned as a 2ndLt on May 10, 2010 via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach. 2ndLt Giannetto reported to The Basic School in July 2010, where she received the Aircraft Maintenance Officer military occupational specialty (MOS).
In February 2011, 2ndLt Giannetto reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS-16), Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3DMAW), at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California . In March 2011, 2ndLt Giannetto attended the Aircraft Maintenance Office Course at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. Following MOS school, she returned to MCAS Miramar in June 2011. During this time 2ndLt Giannetto conducted on the job training with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 561 (VMM-561) and then became the Ground Support Officer at MALS-16. In January 2012, 2ndLt Giannetto deployed to Kandahar Airfield (KAF), Afghanistan, to be the Production Control Officer (PCO) for the MALS-16 FWD detachment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF 12.1) supporting two fixed wing squadrons.
After returning from Afghanistan in August 2012, 1stLt Giannetto was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 as the Maintenance Material Control Officer. In January 2014, 1stLt Giannetto deployed with HMH-466 to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in support of OEF 14.1. In February 2015, Captain Giannetto returned to MALS-16 and was assigned as the Airframes Division Officer.
In July 2015, Captain Giannetto reported to the Marine Corps Information Operations Center, Quantico Virginia to be a Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) planner. In August 2015, Capt Giannetto was sent to the John F, Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School to attend the Psychological Operation Qualification Course (POQC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After graduation in December 2015, Capt Giannetto attended the Information Operations MAGTF Practitioner’s Course (IMIOPC) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia. Upon graduation in January 2016, Capt Giannetoo was sent to Air National Guard Base, Gulfport, Mississippi in support of 2nd Raider Battalion (MARSOC) in the RAVENEX pre-deployment exercise as their Information Operations (IO)/ Psychological Operations planner. In March 2016, Capt Giannetto led a detachment of PSYOP Marines in a Civil Authority Information Support (CAIS) exercise with 3rd PSYOP Battallion (US Army) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Camp Butler, North Carolina. In July 2016, Capt Giannetto deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) as the Combined Joint Task Force- OIR , Information Operations (J39), Special Projects Manager. There she managed an information operations train and equip program for Iraqi Security Forces. Following this deployment in December 2016, Capt Giannetto served as a PSYOP detachment OIC in the PSYOP company. In November 2017, Capt Giannetto assumed the duties as the PSYOP Company Executive officer until March 2018. Capt Giannetto graduated from the Expeditionary Warfare School Blended Seminar Program In May 2018.
In July 2018, Captain Giannetto reported to Marine Corps Base Hawaii where she assumed the role of Executive Officer of Marine Wing Support Detachment in September 2018. Her personal decorations include the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.