Columbus, OH, Chapter Trustee

Tony Konecny, a native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and from the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California with a Master of Science Degree in National Security Affairs (Intelligence). After completing the nuclear power/submarine pipeline in 1981, he was assigned as a division officer onboard USS PINTADO (SSN 672) upon which he completed several western Pacific deployments, a major shipyard overhaul and an Arctic/under-ice exercise. He was the Radiological Controls Officer on USS HUNLEY (AS-31) at Holy Loch, Scotland responsible for supervising maintenance on potentially radioactive components of forward-deployed ballistic missile submarines. At the Submarine Officers’ Advanced Course, he received the David L. Lloyd Award for excellence in leadership and academic performance. Konecny served as Navigator/Operations Officer aboard USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) where he completed seven strategic deterrent patrols and his navigation team was rated Excellent during a Tactical Readiness Evaluation. On board USS CAVALLA (SSN 684), he served as Executive Officer during a Selected Refit Availability and a WestPac deployment. As a Mission Commander at the On-Site Inspection Agency, Konecny conducted fifteen Strategic Arms Reduction (START) and Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Inspections in former Soviet Union countries. At Submarine Squadron Seventeen, he was the Deputy Commander, responsible for operational and logistical support of eight Trident submarines and sixteen submarine crews. Konecny was the Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Ohio in Columbus, OH. He completed his 24-year naval career as Chief, Management Planning at AFNORTH, a regional NATO headquarters, in Brunssum, the Netherlands retiring in 2003.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).

For ten years after leaving active-duty service, Konecny was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with First Command Financial Services. Currently, he is the President of the Columbus (Ohio) Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. Under his leadership, the active membership of the Chapter increased fourteen-fold and the Chapter was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Chapter. He is a life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; Vice President of the Greater Columbus Council of the US Navy League, Life Member of the US Submarine Veterans, Life Member of the Worthington VFW Post 2398, and member of the Worthington American Legion Post 239. Konecny is married to the former Corinne Bertin of Ontario, Ohio. Tony and Corinne are retired and reside in Worthington, Ohio.