Randall Poladian was born in 1956 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Plantation High School, Plantation Florida in 1974 and attended the University of Florida the following year. Shortly after pledging Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Randall enlisted in the United States Navy December 1975. Graduating from Recruit Training Naval Training Center Orlando Florida, he received orders to report to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in Coronado California, successfully completing the program January 1977. During his first sea tour of duty Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 21 Little Creek Virginia, he completed Mediterranean and Caribbean Deployments cross training with various NATO Special Forces organizations. Upon receiving orders, Randall reported to UDT-12 Naval Amphibious Base Coronado California where he graduated from SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Training in 1980. Continuing to serve at UDT-12 until the decommissioning in 1983 and becoming a plank owner of SDV Team ONE, he completed numerous Western Pacific Deployments, promoted to Petty Officer First Class, and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.
Reporting aboard SEAL Team ONE Coronado California in 1987 and promoting to Chief Petty Officer in 1989, Randall was assigned to Special Operations Platoon “Delta” and deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Commissioned as Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) in October 1992, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE Guam and served as the Training Department Officer in Charge. As Senior Safety Supervisor of global operational exercises, he planned and briefed the execution of “live fire” full mission profile programs to test and evaluate the operating skills for deployed SEAL and Special Warfare Combat Craft (SWCC) personnel.
Assigned to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit Panama City Florida in 1994, Randall served as the Naval Special Warfare Projects Officer, promoted to CWO3, and completed a Master of Public Administration Degree from Troy State University. Receiving orders in 1999 as Officer in Charge SEAL Delivery Vehicle School Detachment Panama City Florida, he was promoted to CWO4. In 2003 he requested orders to Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE Kingdom of Bahrain Persian Gulf. Randall served as Assistant Operations Officer in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Promoting to CWO5, he received orders to Naval Special Warfare Group ONE Logistics Support Unit Coronado California as Combat Systems Officer. Transferring to Navy Experimental Diving Unit for his final tour of duty, Randall retired September 2009 after 34 years active duty service.
Transitioning to civilian life, Randall started employment October 2009 with Aqua Lung America as Director of Business Development for Military & Professional Diving Operations Division. As liaison to the Department of Defense for product development, testing, funding, and procurement, he developed professional working relationships with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) .
In October 2011 Randall joined Trident Group National Defense & Recovery, Inc. as a Maritime Security Specialist conducting Anti-Piracy operations while transiting high-risk waters within the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Arabian Sea; Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC), the Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf.
Randall has three children, Chelse, Garrett, and Madalyn. He is married to the former Katrina Earle of China Grove, North Carolina. He and his family reside in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Military Awards include:
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six Awards) Combat “V” authorized
- Navy Good Conduct Medal (two awards)
- National Defense Service Medal (two awards)
- Southwest Asia Service Medal (two awards)
- GWOT Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
- Navy Expert Rifle & Pistol Medals
- Combat Action Ribbon.