|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1985—present|
Special Boat Unit 26|
SEAL Team 2
NSWG 2 (2010-2012)
|Awards||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal|
Early life and education
Rear Admiral Szymanski is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the Salesianum School in 1980, where he was a three-year varsity letterman in wrestling and, in 1980, represented the United States in an international AAU Freestyle wrestling tournament in Tokyo, Japan. He then attended the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School from 1980 to 1981, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985.
After receiving his commission in 1985, Szymanski served in the Surface Warfare community and qualified as a surface warfare officer before transitioning to the SEALs. He volunteered for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) graduating with Class 161 in 1989.
Szymanski's Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and operational assignments include platoon and task unit commander at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2. In 1992, Szymanski was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Damneck, Va and completed an eight-month selection and training course. He then served as troop and squadron commander with the unit until 1997 and returned as operations officer from 2000 to 2002. He commanded Special Boat Unit 26, SEAL Team 2 from 2002 to 2004, O6-level Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, and Naval Special Warfare Group 2 from 2011 to 2013. He served as deputy commanding general sustainment to Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.
Szymanski's previous staff assignments include officer community manager for NSW and enlisted community manager for SEALs, Navy Divers, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, and special warfare combatant craft crewmen. He served on the Joint Staff as the J3 deputy directorate for Special Operations as the Global War on Terror branch chief and as chief staff officer of Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell.
On 3 August 2016, Szymanski succeeded Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. His prior assignment was the assistant commanding general of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Awards and decorations
Szymanski has received multiple awards and recognitions:
In 2015, Szymanski was inducted into Salesianum School's hall of fame.
- Parker, William S. (August 30, 2012). "Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Holds Change of Command". Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs. United States Navy. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69204. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Naval Special Warfare Editor (4 August 2016). "Naval Special Warfare Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony". Naval Special Warfare Command. https://ethoslive.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/naval-special-warfare-command-holds-change-of-command-ceremony/. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- "Hall of Fame 2015". Salesianum School. http://salesianum.org/halloffame/hall-of-fame-2015/. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
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