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SGM (R) Adelizzi joined the Military Science Department on Oct 25, 2011. He retired from the United States Army on 22 Nov 2006 after serving 30 years in the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.
SGM(R) Adelizzi was drafted into the Army in November, 1971. He completed basic training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Knox, Ky., where he was awarded the MOS of 19E, Armor Crewman. SGM(R) Adelizzi’s first duty assignment was at Fulda, Germany with D Troop,1st Sqdn, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, where he held the position of M-60A1 Tank Gunner. After discharge, SGM(R) Adelizzi received a BS in Physical Education/English from West Texas State University. During his last two years of college, SGM(R) Adelizzi was a member of the 12th SF GP (ABN), U.S. Army Reserve, Amarillo, TX, where he served as the Operations NCO until his graduation from WTSU.
After a 5-year break in service, SGM(R) Adelizzi enlisted in the 1st Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, 28th Infantry Division, PAANG, where he served as a Tank Commander. When his enlistment contract expired, he became an instructor in the newly fielded Primary Leadership Development Course at the 1st Army NCO Academy, Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA. Upon completion of his instructor tour, SGM(R) Adelizzi became the Company Master Gunner and later first sergeant of D Co, 157th SPT BN, U.S. Army Reserve, and remained there until the unit was deactivated. His next assignment was the 2072d USARF School in Philadelphia, PA, where he became an instructor in the Advanced NCO Course, the NBC Defense Course, and the 19D Cavalry Scout Course. In 1995, he transferred to the newly formed 5/98th Civil Affairs BN at Edison, NJ as the Operations NCO, and remained there until his selection as SGM of the 361st Press Camp HQ, Ft. Totten, New York. After four years and many deployments with the 361st, SGM(R) Adelizzi became the 77th Readiness Reserve Division’s DCSFOR SGM responsible for new equipment fielding. In 2003, a family emergency brought him out of New York City to the 455th Chemical BDE, Ft. Dix, NJ, where he became the Brigade Operations SGM. In July of 2004, SGM(R) Adelizzi was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and deployed to LSA Anaconda at Balad, Iraq, where he served in the 1st COSCOM Public Affairs office as the Senior Public Affairs NCO, which was his last duty assignment.
SGM(R) Adelizzi is a graduate of the Basic NCO Course, The Advanced NCO Course, The Sergeants Major Academy, The NBC Defense Course, the NBC 54C Smoke Operators Course, The NBC Specialist Course, Basic Airborne School, The Tank Commanders Course, The M-60A1 Master Gunner Course, The M-60A3 Master Gunner Transition Course, The Civil Affairs Specialist Course, The Basic Journalist Course, The Methods of Learning Course, The Battle-Focused Instructor Training Course, and the Small-Group Instructor Training Course. After retirement, SGM Adelizzi enrolled at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, and received a BA cum laud in History/Social Studies (2008), and a MA in Teaching in 2010. He is a licensed Social Studies teacher in Maryland.
SGM(R) Adelizzi’s unit and individual decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation, The Meritorious Unit Citation, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), The Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), The Good Conduct Medal, The Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with oak leaf, The National Defense Service Medal (3rd Award), The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), The Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device, The Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Medal with numeral 4, the Army Service Ribbon, The Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), The Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (numeral 3), and the Parachute Badge.
SGM(R) Adelizzi is married to the former Patricia Gardner of Milford, CT. They have three children: Rose, Katie, and Lucy. His family currently resides in Salisbury, MD.