Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Florida
Captain Perrella’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour with HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan where he deployed as a Detachment Operations and Maintenance Officer both in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Next, he reported to USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and completed a Western Pacific deployment participating Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE following the terrorist attack against USS COLE (DDG-67). In 2004, Captain Perrella reported to HSL-37 for his Department Head tour where he ultimately served as Maintenance Officer. As Detachment FOUR Officer-in-Charge, he led a two-plane detachment in USS CHOSIN (CG-65) conducting Maritime Security Operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From May 2010 to June 2011, Captain Perrella served as Commanding Officer of the HSL-51 Warlords and led his squadron during Operation TOMODACHI as part of Carrier Air Wing FIVE and FOURTEEN. He was the 2010 Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award.
Ashore, Captain Perrella served with the HSL-41 Seahawks in 1997 as a FRS Flight Instructor and again in 2003 as the Training Department Head. Prior to command, he served at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN as HSM/TYCOM Air Combat Placement Officer and PERS 43 Deputy Director. Following his command tour, he served on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) as a Western Hemisphere/Homeland Defense politico-military planner and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director. Upon completion of his joint tour, Captain Perrella assumed Command of HSM-40, the East Coast SH-60B/MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron until April 2014. The Airwolves of HSM 40 earned the 2014 CDR Theodore G. Ellyson Award for FRS Aviator Production Excellence.
He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Information System Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and was the Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Award winner for leadership and academic excellence.
Captain Perrella Commanded Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific from July 2015 to January 2017 prior to assuming Command of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science at the University of Florida.
Captain Perrella has accumulated 3,200 mishap-free flight hours. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (strike/flight award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
Executive Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Florida
Commander Robert Bulatao is a native of San Diego, California and is a 1999 graduate of the University of Southern California where he was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from USC and a Master of Science degree in Management from Central Michigan University.
A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Commander Bulatao, served in USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) as Electrical Officer, USS JARRETT (FFG 33) as Fire Control Officer, USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) as Combat Systems Officer, USS PELELIU (LHA 5) as Training Officer, and USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) as C5I Officer. He has deployed six times, including once to the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of Counternarcotics Operations, twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, three times in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and most recently for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Ashore, Commander Bulatao served on the staff of United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany as the Maritime Programs Officer in the Strategy, Engagement, and Programs Directorate (J5). He was a Future Operations and exercise planner in Expeditionary Strike Group THREE. Commander Bulatao attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and completed Joint Professional Military Education, Phase One. At Navy Operational Support Center Los Angeles, he served as Operations and Training Officer.
Commander Bulatao is currently the Executive Officer at NROTC University of Florida.