Captain Juntunen is a native of Neihart, MT. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program after graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Capt. Juntunen began his career as an AROICC for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. After a two-year tour, he moved on to FISC Jacksonville, serving as the staff civil engineer. In 1998 he began a tour with NMCB 133, deploying to Rota, Spain, and Guam as the ALFA company commander and later as Detail Hawaii officer in charge. Following his tour in Gulfport, Miss., he attended the University of Colorado – Boulder, receiving a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. With that education, he was selected to serve on the mechanical engineering faculty at the US Naval Academy, teaching mechanics courses within the major.
His first tour as a lieutenant commander was with the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Rota, Spain, where he led the office through the first stages of a targeted construction program to recapitalize major base functions as well as merging with the Public Works Department under NAVFAC Transformation. Following this tour he was sent to NAVFAC Northwest as the assistant regional engineer. After completing the first year of a three year tour there, he went on a one-year individual augment tour with Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan in Kabul, running facility sustainment programs for the Afghan Nation Army’s newly constructed base facilities. Upon returning to NAVFAC Northwest he was placed as the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division director for Public Works Department Kitsap, Wash., managing a robust program with over $300 million per year of work in place.
Upon selection to commander, he was detailed to be the public works officer, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., managing the base’s facilities programs and leading the organization through execution of their portion of the U.S. Marine Corps Grow-the-Force program. After a three-year tour, he spent a year in residence at the Naval War College, graduating with a Master of Arts in National Security Studies and receiving Joint Professional Military Education Phase II credit. Following the War College he moved on to NAVFAC Marianas, serving as the operations officer, executing large programs supporting the Defense Policy Review Initiative as well as the Navy's Rebalance to the Pacific effort. After selection to captain he assumed duties at NAVFAC Far East as the executive officer.
Capt. Juntunen is a Seabee Combat Warfare Qualified Officer and is authorized to wear the Bronze Star, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards. He is also a professional engineer in the state of Montana, a joint-qualified officer, and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.