Rear Admiral Masso is President of Flagship Connection, a defense-sector consulting firm specializing in Cyber, Missile Defense, ISR, Space, Human Systems Integration, and Human Resources programs. He is a highly sought after speaker specializing in topics in addition to those mentioned above, such as leadership, ethics, generations and disruptive technologies.

A native of San Clemente, California, Rear Admiral Masso graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1977 and was commissioned an ensign through the NROTC program. A Surface Warfare Officer, his career spanned 32 years in both the active and reserve components of the US Navy. His civilian work included numerous leadership assignments in the Defense Industry in acoustic signal processing, shipboard combat systems, and missile defense programs. Among his civilian assignments, he served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development, and Acquisition Chief Engineer (ASN RDA CHENG), and as a program manager in the Missile Defense Agency (Project K). He also managed the Missile Defense business segment for a prominent contractor.

Rear Admiral Masso’s Naval career was earmarked by nine commands in both the active and reserve components. His entire Flag tenure was served on active duty as Vice Commander, Naval Surface Forces Command, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Educations (OPNAV N1B), and as Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel.

During his tenure at Navy Personnel Command, Rear Admiral Masso was responsible for Task Force Individual Augmentation (sourcing overseas contingency operations), Warfighter Enterprise Liaison, and led the Navy’s Human Resources Community as it’s Flag lead. During this time, the Reserve Component Human Resources community was established and the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education domain adopted the new nomenclature, Navy Total Force.

Rear Admiral Masso has various personal decorations but is most proud of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to the men and women of Navy Command Center 106 for actions during and following the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.


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