Captain Tony Rossi is the program manager for the Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) program office (PMA-290) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. He is responsible for total life-cycle management of the P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion, EP-3E Aries, Special Projects Aircraft, and International Programs to multiple foreign countries.
He was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994 and subsequently earned a master’s degree from the Tufts University in 1995.
In 1997, he was designated a Naval Aviator and reported to VP-9 in Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he completed three WESTPAC deployments as a P-3 Pilot, Aircraft Commander and Mission Commander.
Rossi was accepted to and completed the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Fixed Wing syllabus in 2002 with Class 122.
After graduation, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20) as a Test Pilot and Developmental Project Officer where he led developmental testing for various P-3 upgrade programs. His work at VX-20 resulted in his being selected as the Naval Test Wing Atlantic 2004 Test Pilot of the Year and winning the Naval Air Warfare Center Area Commander’s Award.
In September 2005, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) where he was the special projects department head, detachment officer in charge, senior pilot, and maintenance officer. In June 2007, Rossi returned to VX-20 as a test pilot and the MPRF platform coordinator, senior pilot, and department head. The command presented Rossi with a Naval Air Warfare Center Area Commander’s Award for his leadership.
In March of 2010, Rossi reported as VPU-2’s executive officer before taking command in May 2011. In June 2012, Rossi reported to NAVAIR’s Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262) as the MQ-4C Triton UAS Development Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead.
In August 2013, Rossi reported to PMA-290 as the deputy program manager for the P-8APoseidon program. As the program’s IPT Lead, he was responsible for the management of the full spectrum of capabilities within the P-8A Poseidon program. During that time, Rossi led the P-8A program through a Full Rate Production decision, Material Support Date (MSD), and multiple product capability improvements and Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) periods. Captain Rossi was subsequently selected for command of PMA-290 and took command in March 2016.
Captain Rossi has over 3,200 hours in 22 models of jet, propeller, and rotary wing aircraft and is an Associate Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Rossi’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E” (3), and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.