• The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, talks to the press immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and a ribbon cutting.

    Jackie and the press

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Florida. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick, reads a proclamation delaring July 12 as Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo Day in Cape Coral

    Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Florida. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Don Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida, addresses the audience.

    Don Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Don Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida, addresses the audience.

    Don Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Pictured here is just a portion of those in attendance, which included family members, fellow Soldiers, friends and community members.

    Crowd in the bleachers

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Beck addresses the audience.

    Maj. Gen. Beck speaks

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, members of the Patriot Guard Riders stand in support of the Scialdo family.

    Patriot Guard Riders

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Lt. Col. Don Goodwin, chaplain, gives the invocation.

    Chaplain (LTC) Goodwin

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, members of the Patriot Guard Riders stand in support of the Scialdo family.

    Patriot Guard Riders

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Beck talks with Mrs. Kara Scialdo, the honoree's widow just prior to the ceremony.

    Maj. Gen. Beck and Kara Scialdo

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Kara Scialdo talks with 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck just prior to the ceremony.

    Maj. Gen. Beck and Kara Scialdo

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Zach Zampella, staff member for Senator Marco Rubio, reads a letter to the family of Staff Sgt. Scialdo.

    Zach Zampella

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, staff members Joshua Jones, at the podium, and Peter Simmons of U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson read a letter to the family of Staff Sgt. Scialdo.

    Staffers for Curt Clawson

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Staff Sgt. Matt Loebs, a childhood friend of Scialdo, talks to the press immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and a ribbon cutting.

    Staff Sgt. Matt Loebs

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Family, fellow Soldiers, friends and community members attended the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque (pictured) and the cutting of the ribbon.

    Plaque

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Command Sgt. Maj. Grant Stange of the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, talks to the media immediately following the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque (pictured) and the cutting of the ribbon.

    Comannd Sgt. Maj. Grant Stange

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, talks to the press immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and the cutting of the ribbon.

    Camera angle

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, talks to the press immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and the cutting of the ribbon.

    Jackie and the press

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck and Cape Coral Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick display a city proclamation immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and the cutting of the ribbon. The proclamation declares July 12 as Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo Day in Cape Coral.

    Mayor proclamation

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Kara Scialdo, the honoree's widow and his parents, cut the ribbon after the unveiling of the building's plaque. Also pictured behind the ribbon are Claudine Scialdo Ehlers, left, and David Scialdo.

    Ribbon cutting

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, family members of the honoree's unviel the building's plaque. Pictured left to right are, Mrs. Jackie Scialdo Nelson, sister, Mr. David Scialdo, brother, parents Susan and Marshall Scialdo, Kara Scialdo, widow of Staff Sgt. Scialdo, Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, 81st RSC commander and Mr. Don Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida.

    Plaque unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the building's plaque is unveiled by the honoree's parents, Susan and Marshall Scialdo, left, and his widow Kara Scialdo.

    Plaque unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the honoree's parents, Suan and Marshall Scialdo, left, and his widow Mrs. Kara Scialdo prepare to unveil the building's plaque.

    Plaque unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Beck talks with the honoree's family just prior to the ceremony.

    Maj. Gen. Beck and Scialdo family

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Beck talks with the honoree's family just prior to the ceremony.

    Maj. Gen. Beck and the Scialdo family

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013.

    Scialdo family audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Lt. Col. Scott Leblond of the 603rd Aviation Support Brigade, talks about Staff Sgt. Scialdo and his positive impact on the troops of the 603rd.

    Lt. Col. Scott Leblond, 603rd CAB

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Lt. Col. Scott Leblond of the 603rd Aviation Support Brigade, talks about Staff Sgt. Scialdo and his positive impact on the troops of the 603rd.

    Lt. Col. Scott Leblond

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013.

    Scialdo family members

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck addresses the audience.

    Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, commander, 81st RSC

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the audience listens to remarks by various speakers throughout the event.

    Scialdo family members

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the audience listens to remarks by various speakers throughout the event.

    Audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the audience listens to remarks by various speakers throughout the event.

    Audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, the audience listens to remarks by various speakers throughout the event.

    Ceremony audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick, reads a proclamation declaring July 12 as Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo Day in Cape Coral.

    Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, talks to the press immediately after the ceremony which included the unveiling of the building's plaque and the cutting of the ribbon.

    Jackie and the press

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Kara Scialdo, the honoree's widow and his parents, have just unveiled of the building's plaque.

    Plaque unveiling - Kara

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, staff members Joshua Jones, at the podium, and Peter Simmons of U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson read a letter to the family of Staff Sgt. Scialdo.

    US Rep. Clawson staffers

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013.

    Audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, family, friends and coimmunity members react to comments by Mrs. Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, as she tells the audience about her brother Marc.

    Audience

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Mrs. Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, accompanied by her brother David and sister Claudine Ehlers, tells the audience about her brother Marc.

    Scialdo brother and sisters

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Mrs. Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, accompanied by her brother David and sister Claudine Ehlers, tells the audience about her brother Marc.

    Scialdo brother and sisters

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Mrs. Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, accompanied by her brother David and sister Claudine Ehlers, tells the audience about her brother Marc.

    David, Jackie and Claudine

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, accompanied by her brother David and sister Claudine Ehlers, present a plaque of appreciation to Staff Sgt. Matt Loebs, one of Marc Scialdo's childhood friends, for his efforts in the memorialization process.

    Scialdo brother and sisters with Staff Sgt. Matt Loebs

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Here, Jackie Scialdo Nelson, one of the honoree's sisters, accompanied by her brother David and sister Claudine Ehlers, tells the audience about her brother Marc.

    Scialdo brother and sisters

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center after a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief who died in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Pictured here is the 313th Army Band who played "The Star-Spangled Banner" and The Army Song.

    313th Army Band

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Cape Coral Army Reserve facility on July 12 in Cape Coral, Fla. The facility was officially renamed the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S...

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- More than 200 family, friends and fellow service members watched as the Cape Coral U.S. Army Reserve Center was memorialized and renamed in honor of Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo on July 12.

A much loved and respected member of the Cape Coral community, Scialdo, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief was deployed with the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was killed when his aircraft crashed near Daman in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013.

At the beginning of the ceremony, everyone turned to face a lone U.S. flag. Soldiers saluted during "The Star-Spangled Banner" and two UH-60s flew overhead in Staff Sgt. Scialdo's honor.

The host of the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, commanding general of the 81st Regional Support Command, spoke of Scialdo's selflessness and legacy that will forever serve as an inspiration to Soldiers now and in the future.

"As we look back and remember a great American hero," said Beck, "we also look forward and recognize those people who are going to lead our country forward. They will be reminded by the example of [Staff Sgt.] Scialdo of what it means to be … committed to what our country stands for."

"From here forward as Soldiers come into the reserve center, they will have an example of a natural leader and a dedicated American Soldier who gave all and who will inspire others for years to come," added Beck.

In addition to Beck, Scialdo was remembered by Donald Slesnick, Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida, Mayor Pro Tem Rana Erbick of Cape Coral, staff members of Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson and one of the battalion commanders of the 603rd CAB, 3rd Inf. Div., Lt. Col. Scott Leblond.

"It is an honor for myself and for Command Sgt. Maj. [Grant] Stange to participate in today's ceremony, memorializing the honor and sacrifice of Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo," said Leblond.

"His love for his Soldiers and his unit was only topped by love for his family," Leblond continued. "His courage and his commitment were contagious to everyone that he came into contact with. He was a true inspiration every day that he served in uniform. He truly not only inspired his Soldiers at home, but also in combat. He energized his entire maintenance team as they went into Afghanistan."

"Marc Scialdo's legacy surely lives within his peers and in each one of the young Soldiers who still stand in my formations and the 603rd Aviation Battalion today," he added.

The last to speak about Scialdo was his sister, Jacqueline Nelson who extended the Scialdo family's thanks to everyone in attendance and also expressed much gratitude to Staff Sgt. Matthew Loebs, childhood friend of Scialdo and initiator of the event.

In her remarks she remembered her brother as a great man and Soldier.

"We are deeply touched to know that the Cape Coral Army Reserve Center is being named after Marc," she said. "We recognize what a paramount honor this is, and it speaks volumes about who Marc was and how he chose to live his life both as a man and as a Soldier."

Nelson continued by speaking of her brother's exemplary leadership and dedication to his Soldiers, family and friends. And, how he shined a light so bright that even in death, he continues to live.

"Marc was a shining light that brought people together and if he was standing here now, which I feel him, he would be smiling and probably cracking a witty joke or three," Nelson added. "He loved to laugh and he loved life. He loved God and his country. He fiercely loved his wife, his family, and his friends with a true heart. He also loved his truck … These are the absolutes that I've come to know and although he was my younger brother he was always someone that I looked up to and I will always continue to inspire to be like him."

"He will live on in our hearts … He will never be forgotten," Nelson concluded, "And, as the many brave and honorable men and women walk through the doors of this reserve center, we hope that Marc's legacy will be an inspiration for each of them. May God bless our Soldiers and our country and as Marc would say, 'KCCO -- Keep Calm and Chive On.'"

To conclude the ceremony, members of Scialdo's family and other distinguished guests unveiled the plaque dedicated to Scialdo and cut the ribbon that officially memorialized and opened the Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo U.S. Army Reserve Center in honor of a great American Soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Page last updated Thu August 7th, 2014 at 11:27