Admiral Sean Pybus
Serving a distinguished 37 year career in the Navy, Admiral Sean Pybus (Ret.) has lead and served in multiple joint special operations duty assignments and is the highest ranking Navy SEAL serving before his retirement. Admiral Pybus knew his calling to serve his country early in his youth. As a high school senior, Admiral Pybus applied to ROTC programs with the Army and Navy in hopes of getting a scholarship to pay for college and further his education. The Navy provided a scholarship, thus providing him the motivation for military service. Graduating from the University of Rochester in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned a regular Navy commission through Navy ROTC. Remarkably and shortly after graduation, Admiral Pybus became a Navy SEAL after graduating from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in December 1979 with Class 105; less than one year after earning his undergraduate. Decorated with honors, Admiral Pybus’ decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Global War On Terrorism), Defense Superior Service Medal (Global War On Terrorism, three awards), Legion of Merit (Global War On Terrorism, two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (variously, three awards), and other honorable awards. Operation Blue Shield is honored to recognize Admiral Sean Pybus for his outstanding service to our country and commUNITY.
ABOUT THE COIN
The Vice Admiral Sean Pybus challenge coin is very unique and represents the various Area of Operations (AOR) and units under the US Special Operations Command led by Admiral Pybus, Deputy Commander. The bronzed coin features five special operations, with the first being “Sine Pari” Latin for “Without Equal.” The distinctive insignia represents the 4th and 8th Military Information Support Group identification badge, which is the black sword overlaying a red spade. To the five o’clock of the MISG badge is the insignia of the United States Marie Corps Forces Special Forces Command; featuring the badge of the USMC of the Bald Eagle and anchor; centered with the image of the globe. To the five o’clock of the USMCSF insignia is the Air Force Special Operations Command emblem, a black shield containing the wings of an eagle, white (bronzed) sword which is centered and the Star of the US Air Force. To the four o’clock of the emblem is the United States Navy Special Warfare Command, with the distinctive bald eagle, anchor and pitchfork. To the three o’clock of the USNSWC, is the insignia of the Joint Special Operations, which contains four swords representing each unit aforementioned above.
On the obverse side of the coin is the logo of the United States Special Operations Command. This emblem contains the gold point of a spear, and is centered and encircled with the official title of USSOCOM. Operation Blue Shield is honored to be presented with such a coin, as the coin is only presented by the Deputy Commander as encrypted towards the outer ring, “PRESNTED BY THE DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR EXCELLENCE.”