CAPT Tony Nelipovich, USN

Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy
San Diego Regional Office
2021 Pacific Operational Science & Technology (POST) Conference

Captain Tony Nelipovich resides in San Diego, CA, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  Following commissioning in May 1992, he was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer.   

Nelipovich reported to the USS ANTIETAM (CG-54) in early 1993 where he served in a variety of billets to include First Lieutenant, Fire Control Officer, and Damage Control Assistant.  He deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1994 aboard ANTIETAM as part of the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) Strike Group for maritime interdiction operations.  Nelipovich transitioned to Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific (FCTCPAC) in late 1996 and acted as a master training specialist for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Over-the-Horizon-Targeting courses. 

After approximately a three-year break in service, he affiliated with the Navy Reserve in November 2001 and served with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).  He held various roles over the following years including Commanding Officer of NR SPAWAR 406, Executive Officer of NR SPAWAR 302, and the Deputy Program Manager for the Network Operations Support Team (NST).   

Nelipovich was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served as a Division Chief for CJIATF Shafafiyat at NATO ISAF HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 2011 to March 2012.  In that role, he coordinated the Engagements and Communications lines of operation to reduce corruption and organized crime in Afghanistan such that it no longer posed a fatal threat to the success of the NATO mission. 
In late 2013 he was assigned to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and served with two Science & Technology units (NR ONR/NRL S&T 111 and NR ONR S&T 102).  His primary duties included Commanding Officer of S&T 111; Deputy Director, N3 Operations Director, and N6 Command Information Officer for the ONR Reserve Component comprised of 15 units and 191 personnel.  As of December 2019, he was reassigned to be the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for Arizona and the N6 for the NEPLO Program. 

Nelipovich’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).