Thursday, July 9, 2020

Civil Air Patrol’s Damico Honored With Commander’s Citation

L to r: Lt. Col. M. Richard Mellon - former Florida Wing inspector general, Lt Col Frank Damico, Lt Col Ray Rosenberg - Commander, Marco Island Composite Squadron.

L to r: Lt. Col. M. Richard Mellon – former Florida Wing inspector general, Lt Col Frank Damico, Lt Col Ray Rosenberg – Commander, Marco Island Composite Squadron.

Lt Col Frank Damico was presented the Civil Air Patrol’s “Commander’s Commendation Award for Outstanding Duty Performance”, signed by the CAP National Commander, Major General Amy Courter and the Florida Wing Commander, Colonel Christian Moersch. The award was in recognition of the significant contribution, leadership, and many long hours Frank provided the Florida Wing Inspector General from May 2009 to April 2010.

This award is the highest available from CAP for administrative performance. It was presented in a ceremony by the former Florida Wing Inspector General, Lt Col M. Richard Mellon and the Marco Island Composite Squadron Commander, Lt Col Raymond Rosenberg.

Damico is a retired Army Medical Service Corps Colonel with 27 years experience in command and principle staff positions. Because of this background, he was “recruited” as an Assistant Inspector General for the Florida Wing and has earned his Senior Rating.

Frank holds a second position as the Marco Island Squadron’s Finance Officer, where he has also attained a Senior rating and is a qualified Aircrew member with an Observer Rating.

In addition to his military background, Frank attributes his success in the Assistant IG assignment to experiences as a Senior Staff Information Systems Consultant and project manager with Verizon. In his spare time, he also sings barbershop with the Chorus of the Everglades and is on the Advisory Board of Opera Naples.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years. For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com

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