John “Pooch” Pucillo, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (RET)

Pooch enlisted in the Navy as a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Assistant in 1991 and over 10 years in the EOD community he earned his Explosive Ordnance Senior Technician badge before his commission as an EOD Officer. In May of 2006 his patrol was attacked and a roadside IED blew into his vehicle resulting in an immediate above the knee amputation of his left leg. Pooch returned to full active EOD duty in August 2007. Pooch is an avid skier and scuba diver and has his Advanced PADI diver certification. He has been given the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and several more awards.