Robert Zizolfo, Rock Tavern resident and Afghan and Iraq Vet,promoted to Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard

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Lt. Col. Robert Zizolfo receives his new rank from daughter Juliana during promtion ceremonies on October 5 at Camp Smith. ( Sgt. Michael Davis)

CORTLANDT MANOR, NY (10/12/2016)(readMedia)-- Robert Zizolfo, a Rock Tavern resident and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been promoted to Lt. Colonel in the New York Army National Guard.

Zizolfo, who works as Base Operations Manager at the Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor as a National Guard civilian technician, enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 1993 as a communications equipment repairer.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1995 through the Officers Candidate School program.

He has served in a number of positions to include support platoon leaders, support operations maintenance officer, maintenance company commander, operations officer, logistics officer, logistics branch chief, brigade material management officer and chief environmental officer for the New York National Guard.

He deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 as the commander of the 145th Maintenance Company and was attached to the 455th Sustainment Brigade in Afghanistan in 2014 as executive agent for base closure.

Zizolfo holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Manhattan College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from John Jay College. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards include two Bronze Star medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal.

He and his wife Elsy have four daughters-- Corina, Melina, Sofia, and Juliana--and a son Simon.