Captain Malfitano, a native of Pearl River, NY, graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science. He was commissioned through the Aviation Officer Candidate School program in 1986, was designated a Naval Aviator in 1988, and reported to Norfolk, VA for initial training in the E-2C Hawkeye. He earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with Highest Distinction from the Naval War College in 2001, and received the President’s Honor Graduate Award. He attended the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in 2007.
Malfitano has served at sea with the SCREWTOPS of VAW-123 embarked in USS AMERICA (CV-66), including combat operations during Operation DESERT STORM; as Department Head with the SEAHAWKS of VAW-126 embarked in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), participating in combat operations during Operation DESERT FOX; as Assistant Officer in Charge of a VRC-40 RAWHIDES C-2A detachment embarked once again in AMERICA; as executive officer of VAW-126 embarked in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75), assuming command of the SEAHAWKS in 2005; and most recently from 2011-2013 as Chief of Staff to Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT embarked in USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).
During his tenure as Commanding Officer, VAW-126 was selected as recipient of the 2005 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle ‘E’ Efficiency Award and the 2005 Commander, Naval Air Forces RADM Frank Akers Award for AEW Excellence. In 2006, he was selected by his community peers for the Navy-Marine Corps Leadership Award.
Ashore, Malfitano served as an instructor pilot and training landing signal officer with VAW 120, and attained qualification in the C-2A Greyhound (COD); as Flag Aide-de-camp to the Commander, Naval Training Center Great Lakes; as action officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for the VCNO-chartered information technology study group, Task Force Web; as a Joint Staff Officer for NATO in the Strategic Engagement and Vision Branch at Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; and commanded Naval Station Great Lakes -the Quarterdeck of the Navy.
Malfitano has logged over 4,400 flight hours and over 500 carrier-arrested landings. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Strike/Flight Air Medal (3 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (8 awards, 3 with combat “V”), and the Navy Achievement Medal.
In his most recent position as the Fleet & Family Readiness Program Director for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Malfitano lead over 3,000 staff members of the Fleet & Family Readiness (FFR) team in providing a full range of quality programs and services that enhance the lives of Sailors and families in support of mission readiness & retention. FFR encompasses three program areas: Family Readiness (Fleet & Family Support Centers), Fleet Readiness (Child & Youth Programs, Morale, Welfare & Recreation, and Food Service Galleys), and Housing Services & Lodging (Bachelor & Family and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites).