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Citadel News Service
23 Jul 2014

New Commandant featured in his hometown newspaper

Click here to read the complete article by Joelle Smith in the Observer-Reporte

When Dr. Eugene Paluso first heard his son was chosen to be part of the elite Navy SEAL unit, the Washington Hospital otolaryngologist of 40 years was rendered speechless.

"I didn't even know what a SEAL was," Paluso admitted, but a quick search of the job description revealed what he already knew about his son. Navy SEALS are a special operations force that conduct dangerous, small-unit missions, sometimes targeting terrorists. "I did the research, and if you are determined – and he's a pretty determined guy – you'll do it and he did it."

So when his son called years later to say he would return to where his military career began to assume the role of commandant at The Citadel, Paluso knew the same rule of determination applied.

Navy Capt. Eugene F. Paluso will wrap up approximately 25 years of service, including achieving the rank of Navy SEAL officer, to become the commandant of the Corps of Cadets, at one of the largest uniformed student bodies in the United States.

The Washington native attended Immaculate Conception High School in Washington for his freshman and sophomore year. He completed his secondary education at Admiral Farragut Academy in Toms River, N.J., graduating in 1985.

Paluso accepted the position as commandant in late April and will take on his role at The Citadel as overseer of 2,300 cadets in late summer. He officially retires from active duty Nov. 1.