FORT LEE, Va. - Rocco "Rocky" Caponigro was recognized for 70 years of service to the country Nov. 21. The World War II veteran was presented the Gen. Brehon B. Somervell Medallion of Excellence by Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, during a ceremony at the Cardinal Golf Club.
"It was such an honor to receive the award," Caponigro said. "It was a very positive experience that I will remember for a long time."
Caponigro, who celebrated his 90th birthday Nov. 29, was a radio operator and forward observer during his time in World War II. After separating from active service, he continued to support the Army as a civilian employee until 1988. While in government service, he served as the installation alcohol and drug control officer at forts Monmouth, N.J, and Lee, Va.
Even after retirement, his service and dedication to duty remains.
He continues to share his expertise with service members, and currently instructs a substance abuse class for the Basic Officer Course at the U.S. Army Logistics University.
"Rocco has been a longtime supporter of our Soldiers," said David J. Rohrer, U.S. Army Logistics University civilian deputy. "Long after his official retirement, he continues to educate our Soldiers on the dangers of alcohol abuse and his sessions are always well received."
The Somervell Medallion is presented to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to duty and excel in the area of logistical support.