Chief(Select) Mass Communication Specialist Russell Tafuri
Chief(Select) Mass Communication Specialist Russell Tafuri hails from Staten Island, NY. In August of 1993 he enlisted in the United States Navy and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. He then completed Navy Journalist "A" School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN where he trained in print, broadcast and photo-journalism and Shipboard Information, Training and Entertainment (SITE) systems.
Tafuri checked aboard his first duty station in July 1994, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, FL as staff journalist for Training Air Wing FIVE/NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs. While here he completed his Masters Degree in Business Management at Troy State University and welcomed the birth of him and his wife’s second son. Following this tour, he separated from active duty and entered the Naval Reserve.
Following a three-year tour in the Naval Reserve at West Palm Beach Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Palm Beach, FL, he was accepted to voluntarily recall himself to active duty in the Navy and transferred to American Forces Network, Sigonella onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy. There he worked as the AFN Sigonella Operations Leading Petty Officer.
In July of 2005, he reported to Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, FL as Deputy Public Affairs Officer. While there, he deployed as an individual augmentee to Medical Task Force-Kuwait and Expeditionary Medical Facility-Kuwait as Public Affairs Officer.
From the Naval Hospital, he reported for 3-star staff duty at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs in Bahrain. While in Bahrain, he was selected to join Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels Public Affairs in Pensacola, FL.
Tafuri’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), and the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal. He holds various Unit awards.
He is married to the former Tina Girardi of Davenport, IA and they have two sons Nicholas, 19, and Vincenzo 16.