Vice President, Western Hemisphere
Vince “Bluto” Saporito was born in Kampala, Uganda. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and received his commission from Texas A&M University ROTC in May 1987. Bluto completed his Masters in Business Administration in December 2006. Bluto served for 24 years in the United States Navy, retiring in 2011. He is a qualified authority in Western Hemisphere International Policy and a specialist in Human Resource Development.
Bluto’s initial sea tour included duties as Auxiliaries Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS San Diego (AFS-6) from 1987 to 1988. After receiving his Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch qualifications, Bluto requested and was selected for lateral transfer to Naval Aviation. After receiving his “wings of gold” in April 1991, Bluto returned to sea duty assigned to Fighter Squadron 41 flying the F-14A Tomcat. While assigned to the “Black Aces”, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf, where he flew combat missions over Southern Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In June 1998, he was assigned to VF-213 as Operations and Maintenance Officer, and flew the F-14D in combat missions over Southern Iraq and in support of Operation Desert Fox in 1999.
Ashore, and following graduation from TOPGUN in December 1995, Bluto reported as Standardization Officer to Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Atlantic. From 2000 to 2002, he was assigned to TOPGUN, as an instructor pilot. Bluto flew the F-14 and F/A-18 while assigned to TOPGUN where his duties included TOPGUN Readiness Division Head and U.S. Navy 1v1 Subject Matter Expert. Bluto has published articles on 1v1 tactics and authored a chapter, 1v1 Tactics, of the TOPGUN Manual. In October 2002, Bluto reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command as the Theater Security Cooperation Officer. In 2005, he was selected into the Defense Attaché program and reported to Santiago, Chile as Assistant Naval Attaché in February 2007. At the end of his four year tour in Chile, Bluto retired, joined the Check-6 team, and moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Since joining Check-6 in November 2009, his Portuguese (Brazilian) and Spanish language proficiency, instructional skills, and dynamic speaking style have proven to be a valued addition to the team. In March 2011, Bluto was handpicked to assume responsibilities of Check-6 Mining. He has accumulated over 2900 hours in the F-14A-D, F/A-18A-F, F-16N, F-5F, TA-4, T-2C, T-45 and T-34C, 449 carrier arrested landings, and 45 combat missions.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Air Medal (with numeral “2”), Joint Commendation medal, six Navy Commendation medals (two with “V” designation for valor in combat), Joint Service Achievement medal, and four Navy Achievement medals. In addition, the Chilean Navy awarded Bluto the Naval Order of Merit (Category of Knight) in recognition for distinguished services rendered during his tour in Chile.