Major Philip Kapusta is Major, Future Operations, Pasco Sheriff’s Office. The Major of Future Operations provides comprehensive, long-term assessments and recommendations to ensure the Sheriff’s Office can continue to meet Pasco’s County’s law enforcement needs effectively and efficiently. The Future Operations Bureau focuses on strategic planning, forward thinking and innovative concepts.
Major Kapusta is a retired U.S. Navy Captain (SEAL) and has served in a variety of command, staff and leadership positions throughout his career. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1992 upon graduation. He went straight to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and graduated with Class 186.
His previous assignments include tours with SEAL Teams TWO and EIGHT as Assistant Officer-in-Charge and Officer-in-Charge of multiple platoons and as Assistant Operations Officer at Team EIGHT. Then-Lieutenant Kapusta served as a Company Officer and Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy before transferring to Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in 2001. He went on to serve as the Officer-in-Charge of Naval Special Warfare Detachment Little Creek before studying at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. Subsequently, then-Lieutenant Commander Kapusta returned to SOCCENT as the Chief of Strategic Plans. He commanded Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni in 2009-2010 before transferring to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). While at SOCOM, he worked on strategic and compartmented plans and was the founding Director of the Donovan Group. Captain Kapusta retired from active duty in 2017 and worked at SOCOM as a contractor until joining the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in June, 2019.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, an Executive MBA from Benedictine College, and a Master’s of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Joint, Army and Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous campaign and unit awards. He participated in combat operations in the former Yugoslavia, East Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Major Kapusta and his family live in the Brandon, FL area. His children keep him very busy with soccer, gymnastics, cross country and the performing arts.