The Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission has announced that Darien native and former naval flight officer and mission commander Christopher Pintauro will be the Memorial Day speaker at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery in Darien on May 25, following the Memorial Day parade.

Pintauro is a 1998 graduate of Darien High School and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, where he was a four-year letter winner on the men's varsity lacrosse team, in 2002. He graduated with merit from the academy and received his commission as a naval flight officer. He reported to flight school at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., and chose to fly the EA-6B Prowler. He received his orders to Naval Station Whidbey Island, Washington.

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As a flight officer and mission commander, he led carrier jet squadron teams in high-profile operations in Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Islands, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. He volunteered to return to combat in Baghdad with the Army Special Forces as a battalion electronic warfare officer and earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal and two Air Medals.

Upon returning to the United States, Pintauro taught at Duke University as a visiting assistant professor and attended night classes at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to earn an MBA. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2011 and joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the firm's Investment Management Division. He advises foundations, institutional clients, pension funds and wealthy family groups on asset allocation, investment management and cash flow planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Pintauro serves in the Navy Ready Reserves and is active in USNA Alumni Association activities. He volunteers for Warrior Events, an organization, with the support of the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides opportunities for interaction, enjoyment and camaraderie among wounded veterans. He also volunteers with the Mission Continues, a nonprofit focused on helping veterans transition from military life to the private sector. He is the son of Dr. William and Krysia Pintauro and lives in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, Anna, and three young children, Jack, Emery and Brendan.

The Darien's Monuments and Ceremonies Commission is the parent organization that oversees both the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Cemetery ceremony.