Sr. Vice President & General Manager
Aerospace Defense Services
Richard “Vinny” Caputo is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vertex’s Aerospace Defense Services division. He joined Vertex in 2012 as Senior Director of Aviation Field Maintenance, Army Sustainment Division based in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2018, he was promoted to his current position and gained responsibility for providing aviation maintenance and logistic services and customer support to the Department of Defense and Other Government Agency (OGA) customers globally.
Vinny retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Colonel after 24 years of commissioned service in command and operational positions throughout the U.S. and overseas. His last military assignment was Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 24, in Kaneohe, Hawaii where he trained and deployed operational heavy-lift assault support forces and aircraft to Afghanistan and throughout the Pacific.
In 1988, he earned his Naval Aviator Wings and amassed over 3,600 flight hours in various Marine Corps aircraft, including over 700 hours of combat flight time. Vinny is a veteran of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and the Kosovo campaign. He has served in numerous operations and aviation maintenance officer positions, including a graduate-level flight and tactics instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons & Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). At U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), he was responsible for the development of strategy for the DoD’s War on Terror campaign plan and provided leadership and oversight on numerous sensitive planning efforts and Special Technical Operations.
Vinny’s military career includes several key operational roles in the Marine Corps and Unified Combatant Command, such as Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, and Deputy Plans Chief at USSOCOM.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Rhode Island College and holds a master’s degree in strategic studies and military operational art and science. He is also a graduate of Air Force Command and Staff College, U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army Advanced Strategic Arts Program, and Wharton Business School’s Executive Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.