Troop D, 3rd Squadron,
5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division as
Section Leader of the Aero Scout Platoon (Dec. 11, 1967 -
Jan. 1, 1968)
Under combat conditions, Lt Cozzalio is quick to analyze
the situation and to react without hesitation. In combat and
during periods of protracted physical and mental stress, he
always maintains his composure. As a Section Leader of the
Aero Scout Platoon, his leadership and performance has been
exceptional and truly exemplary. His qualities as a leader
inspire confidence and loyalty in both his superiors and subordinates.
Jan 2 - Feb 9, 1968
106th Gen Hosp
Apr 10 - May 16, 1968
Aero Scout Section Leader
Lt Cozzalio, in combat situations, is quick to grasp the situation
and to react boldly and without hesitation. As a Section Leader
of the Aero Scout Platoon. he demonstrated completed adaptability
to this unfamiliar field. Lt Cozzalio has been particularly
instrumental in the development and application of combat
tactics for the new OH-6A aircraft. In the area he has shown
great imagination in utilizing the aircraft’s unique
capabilities. Lt Cozzalio has repeatedly demonstrated exceptional
ability in maintaining his section and aircraft, and procuring
spare parts for another section on TDY. As Section Leader
of the Aero Scout Platoon he has developed new tactics for
the new OH6 observation helicopter now being employed in this
unit. He has been instrumental in the training of new pilots
and ensuring their high degree of proficiency. In addition
to his normal duties he was given the project of construction
8 revetments for his aircraft using old oil drums and ammunition
boxes he completed this project.
May 17 - Sep 13, 1968
Aero Scout Section Commander
Lt Cozzalio displays a rare degree of professionalism and
has often displayed his courage and bravery under enemy fire.
This officer has personally rescued other aviators from burning
aircraft downed in enemy territory under adverse conditions
that normal aviators would not attempt. His infectious pride
in the cavalry commands confidence and respect from both the
EM and officer personnel of this troop. He portrays fighting
spirit, cool judgment, and combat leadership equaled by few
Sep 14 - Dec 10, 1968
Section Commander Aero Scout
Lt Cozzalio continuously displays professionalism, courage,
and fighting spirit under the most intense enemy fire. His
interest and spirited drive in accomplishing the unit mission
commands complete confidence and respect from the officers
and enlisted men of this unit. His constant work in obtaining
PIO coverage for the unit has greatly boosted morale and instilled
his own infectious pride in the cavalry into every man assigned
to this troop. 1Lt Cozzalio was acting platoon leader during
this rating period. He worked hard at keeping his enlisted
and officer personnel trained and maintained a high rate of
aircraft availability. He displays the qualities of a well
rounded officer. His indomitable spirit and personal bravery
in combat have served as an inspiration to those with whom
he served. Lt. Cozzalio maintained a high degree of proficiency
as an aviator but first and foremost he is oriented to the
mission at hand.
Dec 11 - May 29, 1969
(Captain) Commander Aero Weapons Platoon (Huey Cobra Helicopter)
CPT Cozzalio is a dynamic, aggressive and fearless combat
leader. His performance of duty as the Aero Weapons (Huey
Cobra) platoon commander has been exemplary. He has led his
platoon heroically into heavy hostile contact with the enemy
and has always played a decisive role in the final outcome
of each engagement in which he participated. His forceful
method of leadership has earned him the highest respect from
all with whom he comes in contact. His subordinates follow
his outstanding examples to the letter. CPT Cozzalio is continuously
striving to perfect and improve his methods of tactical employment.
His knowledge of Air Cavalry employment is unequaled by few
officers of his grade and time in service. His outstanding
personal example and infectious enthusiasm make him a highly
qualified combat leader. For his grade and time in service,
CPT Cozzalio has displayed a superior knowledge of combined
arms tactics frequently controlling the ground elements of
other units in enemy contact while still successfully employing
his aero weapons platoon.
Jul 10, 1969 - Apr 9, 1970
Armor Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky
CPT Cozzalio performed far below his capability in the academic
phase of the course. His attitude caused him to fail one of
the six core examinations he has taken to date and to perform
marginally in to others. CPT Cozzalio has stated to me that
he feels no incentive to do better because only the top twenty
percent of the class receive any recognition for their efforts.
He would not seek or heed advice of others. He is not recommended
for further schooling until such time as his attitude undergoes
a drastic change for the better.
Apr 9 - Jul 23 1970
1st Squadron 4th Cav 1st Infantry Division Ft. Riley, Kanasas
S-1 Officer Cavalry Officer
Captain Cozzalio has performed his duties as Squadron Adjutant
in an outstanding manner. His ability to organize his section’s
work load has enabled him to render timely and accurate reports.
He is a category B aviator but has adopted a positive attitude
towards his assignment which has made him a very definite
asset to the Squadron. His personality coupled with his willingness
to associate, has rendered invaluable assistance in the officer
personnel procurement program of the Squadron. He has been
able to cope with any situation that has confronted him with
a calm methodical approach. He has displayed the same professionalism
in the field as in the garrison. His organization and location
of the command post sites has been excellent. CPT Cozzalio
is an asset to this Squadron and the Officers Corps. I would
welcome serving with him or officers like him in future assignments.
CPT Cozzalio is a slender built Officer who is always well
turned out. He seeks responsibility. works long hours to accomplish
the tasks that are assigned to him, and takes pride in his
accomplishments. His office was well organized and functioned
properly. He quickly familiarized himself with the method
of operation of the Squadron Headquarters and placed himself
in a position to know the status of all personnel and administrative
actions within this Squadron. He developed a suspense for
military justice actions which displayed the status of all
working cases. He initiated a program of inspections within
the Squadron which has greatly improved the administrative
activities of the Headquarters and in the four Troops. Captain
Cozzalio has continued to participate in the volunteer off
duty study program in an effort to attain the two year college
evaluation from Department of the Army. I recommend that he
be selected to participate in the degree completion program
and that he be commissioned in the Regular Army.
Jul 24 - Jun 14 1971
Troop Commander Air Cavalry Troop (Troop D 4th Cav)
CPT Cozzalio is a very dynamic, irrepressible individual who
constantly strives to improve both himself and his unit. He
is confident of his ability. seeks additional responsibility
and always tries his best. As a consequence. his Troop was
selected to provide the 1st Infantry Division Honor Guard
and Color Guard for parades and visiting dignitaries. Additionally,
it was selected to provide a realistic Escape and Evasion
program for the Division. It has been frequently commended
for its outstanding performance in both these areas. The Troop
successfully passed a Fifth Army Command Maintenance Management
Inspection and received a superior rating in the Annual General
Inspection. His Troop participated successfully in Exercise
REFORGER 11. an exercise requiring an overseas deployment.
receiving equipment from a storage site. participation in
a Field Training Exercise, returning the equipment to the
storage site, and redeploying to Fort Riley. It was acclaimed
by the Inspector General as being the best looking unit he
inspected on post in two years. It also accomplished many
other missions successfully. to include supporting federal.
state and local officials in Nebraska during flood relief
operations. The successful accomplishment of the numerous
missions assigned to this Troop in such a short period of
time and with such a great turn-over of key personnel was
attained only because of CPT Cozzalio’s exceptional
ability and devotion to duty. He has undertaken a program
to upgrade his educational level. He is completely devoted
to his job and has tremendous drive. I highly recommend him
for a Regular Army Commission and for the Degree Completion
I concur with the comments of the rating officer. CPT Cozzalio
has been an outstanding Troop Commander. He continually volunteered
his Troop for difficult missions and was the happiest when
he was involved in several projects at one time. He accomplished
all tasks in an outstanding manner. During Exercise REFORGER
11. the aircraft used were not from a storage site as was
the other equipment. but they were from other U.S. Army units
assigned to USAREUR. Upon the conclusion of the exercise and
the return of the equipment, these units all stated that the
aircraft were returned in a better state of maintenance than
when they were loaned to Captain Cozzalio’s Troop. His
Troop was so successful in the flood relief operation in Nebraska.
that the State Adjutant General came to Fort Riley to personally
commend Captain Cozzalio and his troopers for their work.
The Troop was rated as the best Troop in the Squadron during
the Annual General Inspection. Captain Cozzalio continually
improved the living conditions of his troopers. In spite of
the fact Captain Cozzalio had many duties. he still managed
to participate in the off duty education program. He has completed
the requirements for the two year college level evaluation
during this period. Captain Cozzalio is one of the most conscientious
Officers that I have known and I would particularly enjoy
serving with him in the future. He and his wife actively participate
in community activities and social functions. I recommend
that he be selected immediately following his command tour
to participate in the degree completion program and that he
be integrated into the Regular Army.
Jun 15 - Feb 3 1972
CPT Cozzalio performed in an outstanding manner. He was one
of the most mission oriented commanders I have ever observed.
He was completely dedicated to training and employing his
Troop in the most proficient manner possible and he had the
detailed knowledge and aggressive attitude to accomplish it.
He continually improved himself and his unit through study
and adoption of the latest Air Cavalry concepts. His unit
repeatedly passed detailed inspections of aviation operations,
procedures, and maintenance with outstanding results. He gained
his subordinates’ intense loyalty and they always supported
him with their best efforts. CPT Cozzalio should be integrated
into the Regular Army as soon as possible.
CPT Cozzalio is one of the most innovative officers I have
observed. He pioneered efforts in Unit of Choice recruiting
and community relations which were a major reason for the
Squadron’s success in these areas. His Troop accomplished
the division honor guard mission. support of the ROTC Summer
Camp (3,636 sorties with no accident or incident) and the
REFORGER 111 exercise in an outstanding manner despite personnel
turbulence. I recommend him for Regular Army appointment and
Mar 27 - Jun 9 1972
Aviation Safety Course, San Pedro, California
Jul 19 - Oct 15 1972
RW Section Leader Unit Avn Safety Officer 70th Aviation Detachment
CPT Cozzalio has performed his primary and additional duties
in an outstanding manner. He initiated a training program
whereby three members of his section achieved instrument proficiency
resulting in the issuance of a standard instrument rating.
His close Supervision and timely counsel of his section members
as they performed the necessary training enabled them to qualify
for this rating. CPT Cozzalio’s demonstrated outstanding
performance of duty has contributed substantially to his unit’s
ability to accomplish its assigned mission. He is an officer
who can get the job done and is outstanding among his contemporaries.
He is a proponent of the Army EOT and MVA programs.
CPT Cozzalio has contributed much time and effort into his
job as RW Sec Ldr. He has helped develop an espirit-de-corps
among his section members enabling them to far outperform
the requirements of their job. CPT Cozzalio additionally served
as Unit Avn Safety Officer for a period of 3 mos. During this
period he has assisted in upgrading the overall program and
has created an avid interest among all 70th Avn Det aviators.
He is participating in the off- duty college education program.
He should receive an opportunity to enter the degree completion
program upon termination of this assignment.
Oct 16 1972 - Jan 16 1973
Special Services Officer, Thailand
CPT Cozzalio’s performance during this rating period
has been outstanding. His boundless energy and aggressive
approach to the challenging tasks which confronting him enabled
him to successfully accomplish several major projects far
in advance of their scheduled completion date in addition
to accomplishing his normal duties with unparalleled skill.
CPT Cozzalio established and maintained the highest standards
for himself and his subordinates, and through his outstanding
leadership, insured that there was no deviation from those
standards. Although a hard charging officer, CPT Cozzalio
never failed to display a deep understanding and concern for
the welfare and needs of his personnel. As a consequence,
the morale of the members of the Sp Svcs Br has never been
higher. Of particular note during this rating period is the
fact that, in spite of CPT Cozzalio’s heavy workload,
he has found time to markedly enhance his knowledge of the
Thai language through after duty study.
Jan 17 - Dec 10 1973
Rotary Wing Section Leader, Thailand
CPT Cozzalio’s performance of duty throughout the rated
period has been outstanding. Assigned as the rotary wing section
leader. this officers drive and vitality created a team that
constantly strove for. and maintained only the highest levels
of professionalism. CPT Cozzalio authored and directed a program
of training for pilots of the Khmer Republic, utilizing minimum
resources, that resulted in considerable upgrading of the
Republic’s capability to conduct Heliborne Operations
against a hostile force. In his capacity as unit safety officer,
CPT Cozzalio has been enrolled in college courses to further
his education and has been successful in the area. A thoroughly
professional young officer, it has been a pleasure to serve
with CPT Cozzalio, and I recommend early attendance at C&GSC.
I have observed CPT Cozzalio, his efficiency, attitude,
and ability to lead his men has been of the highest caliber.
His section exhibits an esprit far above all other sections
in the detachment. CPT Cozzalio has also demonstrated his
ability to coordinate with higher, lower, and adjacent commands
while conducting training for pilots of the Khmer Republic.
In addition, he instituted and implemented the detachment
safety program. which has proven to be extremely effective.
This officer is advancing his civil education by attending
night school. U recommend his earliest possible attendance
at Command and General Stall College.
Dec 11 1973 - May 20, 1974
Rotary Wing Section Leader/ Safety Officer
Captain Cozzalio’s rotary wing section is, without exception,
the most aggressive, responsive and effective section in the
70th Avn Det. The morale is the highest and the positive attitude
displayed by the section is second to none. Thru personal
liaison he coordinated flight support for the US Army Special
Forces to include STABO rig training, repelling, and parachute
jumping. He has an ongoing program with the Royal Thai Police
in which he is instruction them in instrument flight procedures.
He recently returned from Cambodia where he and a team inspected
a fleet of helicopters to determine their airworthiness. In
addition, he has prepared a plan for DA approval which will
result in the complete overhaul of the Cambodian helicopter
fleet. As the Unit Safety Officer he constantly stays abreast
of all safety requirements and assures the standardization
board meets regularly and produces tangible results. This
officer is, without exception, the most loyal, aggressive
and responsive officer I have had the pleasure of working
with. He has a rare combination of qualities that will enable
him to reach General Officers rank. Recommend he be immediately
promoted and selected for CGSC.
CPT Cozzalio is indeed an aggressive and outstandingly effective
leader. He is extremely personable, highly articulate and
totally dedicated to the Army, Army aviation and his unit.
The outstanding spirit, esprit and professional excellence
that the 70th Aviation Detachment displays can be attributed
to a significant degree, to CPT Cozzalio. Concur in accelerated
promotion and immediate selection for C&GSC.
May 21 1974 - Aug 18 1975
Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
Captain Cozzalio has performed exceedingly well as a student
at Sul Ross State University. His grade point average is 3.8
out of 4.0, or a very high B average, which is well above
average for this institution. The entire Business Administration
faculty has been impressed with his leadership both within
and without the classroom.
Captain Cozzalio will receive his Bachelor of Business Administration
degree this August and we hope he will continue his education
by pursuing a graduate degree as he is an excellent scholar.
His scholarship and leadership was recognized by the Business
Administration faculty as evidenced by their selecting him
to receive a Continental Oil Co. scholarship. Captain Cozzalio
was also honored by being elected president of the Business
and Economics Association.
Capt. Cozzalio was one of the best all-around students with
whom I have ever had the privilege of being associated during
my career as a university professor. He was not only as excellent
student, but an excellent leader. He was elected President
of the Business and Economics Club where he developed a weekly
television program, a monthly horse playday, and car rally.
He was also active in community affairs.
I would hope that Captain Cozzalio would continue his education.
In my opinion he is capable of both masters and doctoral work.
Aug 16 1975 - May 4 1976
Area Commander New Haven District Recruiting Command
Providence, RI w/ dy Springfield, Massachusetts
CPT Cozzalio is an outstanding officer with tremendous Leadership
qualities that allows him to get the absolute maximum support
from the men under him. He has aggressively assumed command
of his area perusing all aspects of his recruiting responsibility.
His initiative in the assistance of the local Reserve recruiting
program has been outstanding. His area has reached a historic
high in quality and quantity of Army recruiters. He continues
to excel regardless of the obstacles. CPT Cozzalio is highly
innovative and functions best when the challenge is greatest.
Without a doubt, CPT Cozzalio is the best young officer I’ve
ever had to work for me. He should be promoted to Major at
the earliest opportunity and selected for C&GS ahead of
contemporaries. He should function well in jobs of greater
responsibility. He’s a good thinker and highly capable
of independent judgment.
This truly outstanding young officer is a commander. His
ability to anticipate problems, provide solutions, maintain
the highest degree of loyalty and morale while accomplishing
one of the toughest available for a captain is remarkable.
No detail is too small, no degree of planning too insignificant
to escape his scrutiny in driving toward mission accomp. His
single minded goal is to excel, be the best, and to insure
that his people work to a level higher than even they expected
and are rewarded accordingly. This is the type & caliber
young off the Army needs in responsible cmd positions. Should
be promoted immed & con for C&GS & sr svc coll
well ahead of his contemporaries.
Apr 5 1976 - May 31 1976
Springfield Area Commander Recruiting
Few positions in the Army, short of combat, place greater
and more demands on the leadership and managerial abilities
of a young officer than command of a recruiting are. CPT Cozzalio
met those demands and has failed to respond with anything
less than maximum personal effort. Although his area has met
temporary setbacks, I look at these as somewhat inherent in
recruiting. CPT Cozzalio has acted as would any superb commander
- delving for solutions, subjecting all aspects of his operations
and policies to examination, but never losing his positiveness.
candor, confidence and, above all, his supreme loyalty to
his subordinates and a desire to accomplish his duties. He
is a selfless, inspirational and devoted young officer who
learns as much from his mistakes as from his successes. I
consider he has few equals among his contemporaries and would
recommend early selection to AFSC or CGSC to develop his staff
procedures and knowledge to a level equal with his leadership
This is my second report this officer and I am even more
impressed than before. In adversity the man is a giant. He
is positive, searching, analytical, mission oriented. Dedicated
to the Army and his people, he represents both in the knowledgeable
and compassionate way that evokes pride from those with whom
he contacts. This officer is a commander! He should be promoted
now. The comments of the rater are most appropriated-- he
gives 110% of his time, attention, and effort to mission accomplishment.
No excuses, no pulling back, only a positive, sincere, selfless
effort to motivate his people and do his job. Should be assgd
C&GSC summer of ‘77 & earmarked for cmd assignments
Nov 8 1976 - Aug 24 1977
Springfield Area Commander Recruiting
As an Outstanding leader of men, MAJ Cozzalio manifested a
high degree of proficiency in the multifarious areas for which
a commander is responsible. He developed his subordinates
into a solid, effective, productive recruiting team. Definitely
mission oriented, he nevertheless managed his own time most
efficiently to allow for the necessary attention required
for resource management and administrative chores. He has
demonstrated a superb talent for innovation and developed
outstanding personal rapport with the civilian community.
An effective counselor, he took concrete action to improve
the performance of his recruiters. His command was selected
as the top area within the district during the AGI, a tribute,
certainly, to his dedicated leadership. Strongly urge his
selection for C&GSC level schooling soonest.
Aug 25 1977 - Aug 24 1978
Major - 501st Aviation Battalion 1st Brigade 1st Armored Division
Battalion S-3 Planning, Supervising, Directing Battalion Tactical
Operations and Training
Displays exuberance and initiative in accomplishing assigned
tasks. Imaginatively exploited maximum use of non-divisional
CH-47 helicopter assets during battalion ARTEP support. Developed
innovative aerial gunnery program that is fully integrated
into ground scheme of maneuver and capitalizes on attack helicopter
firepower to greatest extent possible. Made significant contribution
to understanding of attack helicopter employment in armored
division by presenting a series of briefings to all maneuver
battalions. Enthusiastically presents new ideas and recommendations
for accomplishing the mission. Recommend promotion and immediate
selection for Command and General Staff College.
The most enthusiastic officer I have ever served with. Fiercely
loyal to subordinates as well as the unit. He is a strong
salesman for Army aviation and specifically attack helicopters.
Made significant contributions to the entire division by developing
and presenting aviation capability and employment briefing
to all major subordinate commands. Developed a battalion standardization
section which has enhanced unit as well as individual combat
potential. Major Cozzalio should be selected for promotion
and attendance at Command and General Staff level schooling.
Aug 25 1978 - Feb 22 1979
Major - 501st Aviation Battalion 1st Brigade 1st Armored Division
(Katterbach, Germany) Battalion S-3 Planning, Supervising,
Directing Battalion Tactical Operations and Training
An aggressive, determined officer; performance has been superb.
Demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm and ingenuity while accomplishing
assigned tasks. Excels in the field environment; displayed
outstanding initiative in tactical planning and execution
during two REFORGER’s and numerous field exercises.
Projects a positive can-do attitude; instilled subordinates
with a sense of pride in their job performance. Has potential
to contribute in positions of greater responsibility. Promote
ahead of contemporaries and select for Command and General
Staff College now.
MAJ Cozzalio is a dynamic leader who motivates people with
his unlimited enthusiasm. He was the focal point for planning
the deployment, operational commitments, and recovery for
two major REFORGER exercises in five months. He has been an
avid salesman of combat aviation not only in the division,
but throughout V11 Corps and USAREUR. His personal coordination
has insured aviation interoperability training with assault
and medium lift helicopter companies USAREUR wide. MAJ Cozzalio
should be integrated into the Regular Army and selected for
attendance at command and general staff level schooling.
Feb 23 1979 - July 29 1979 Major - 501st Aviation
1st Brigade 1st Armored Division (Katterbach, Germany).
Commander Company B Attack
He does everything that his subordinates must do - and does
it better. A truly outstanding commander, no job is too tough
for him or his unit - and his men believe that too. He proved
himself capable on the ground as well as in the air role.
A leader with charisma, he clearly should go to CGSC and be
selected soonest for 05. Major General George Otis USA Commanding.
Major Cozzalio is a dedicated, hard-working. enthusiastic
officer who has been an outstanding commander. Under his guidance.
his unit performed in as impressive manner during a recent
USAREUR AORSE and FY 79 AGI. The reenlistment rate in his
unit is 362% of the objective for 3d Qtr., FY 79. His unit
has a flawless safety record. His unit planned, coordinated,
and supervised a combined arms live fire range at Hohenfels
training area that has significantly enhanced combat readiness
of all ground maneuver battalions in the division. He motivates
by personal example and has made a marked improvement in morale
and esprit de corps in the unit. Promote no and select for
command and general staff level schooling.
July 30 1979 - Oct 31 1979 Major - 501st Aviation
1st Brigade 1st Armored Division (Katterbach, Germany),
Commander Company B Attack
Spectacular performance. In excess of 100%. Best Attack Helicopter
company commander in Europe if no the Army! Exciting, dynamic,
aggressive, innovative and smart. Boundless enthusiasm. Flabbergasts
those who aren’t quite as quick. I like his style -
others do too, including the allies. A commander’s commander!
He makes things happen. Better at his job than any I have
seen! A warrior. My pick over all the others to prepare a
unit and command it in combat. When the time comes. B Attack
will kill tanks by the gross. Feeds on challenges. Handles
them with ease. One of the Army’s and aviation’s
most gifted officers. Destined to do great things! Give him
the opportunity! C&GSC now! Accelerate for promotion and
select for battalion command soonest - he is more than ready
Promote below the zone and select for Battalion Command.
Tops in all departments, articulate, aggressive, forceful
commander, highly qualified technically and tactically. Very
solid under pressure, sound judgment, a commander type, sets
an example of excellence fir his soldiers, and selfless -
abiding concern for the welfare of his soldiers and their
families. Outstanding capacity and potential for long term
service in senior leadership positions.
Nov 1 1979 - Jun 15 1980
Major - 501st Aviation Combat Battalion 1st Brigade,
1st Armored Division (Katterbach, Germany) Commander Company
MAJ Cozzalio has continued to live up to his previous billing
as one of the Army’s premiers commanders. During his
tenure he forged, tempered and honed B Attack into a superbly
trained, combat ready organization with fantastic morale.
He achieved this through a program aimed at developing leadership
skill at all levels - EM - NCO - Warrant and Commissioned
Officer. To make it happen required detailed advance planning,
decentralized execution, timely coaching, counseling, patience
and resilience. Although there have been set backs, there
were inevitable in light of an experience drain coincident
with severe personal turbulence and a general lack of quality
NCO’s. To his credit Major Cozzalio decided to press
on. Once again the fruit of his labor is beginning to blossom.
Recent successes include satisfactory completion of an Aviation
Operational Readiness and Safety Evaluation, an almost flawless
ARTEP performance, improved equipment and material readiness
and increased supply accountability. Major Cozzalio had established
one of the most active and successful partnership programs
of any units in Europe. He is widely respected in all circles
as a man of action and a Soldier of the finest tradition.
There is no doubt that in event of war his company would be
the first one I would commit. His success would guarantee
that of all my commanders.
Major Cozzalio is one of the Army’s very best Soldiers,
Commanders and trainers. It’s about time he got recognition
he deserves. Leavenworth selection is a step in the right
direction. No other Attack company commander possesses the
knowledge, wherewithal or plain guts to excel as a combat
commander more than he does. Major Cozzalio is a warrior.
As such he should be assigned to positions where he can command,
develop doctrine and train others.
Major Cozzalio epitomizes the personal values and professional
ethics associated with the Service to his soldiers, his unit,
the Army and his country. 1-8, he is outstanding in all.
Jun 1980 - Jun 1981
Command General Staff College, Ft. Levenworth, Kansas
During his attendance at USACGSC, Major Cozzalio has consistently
distinguished himself by his catching enthusiasm, initiative,
and dedication to insuring that school objectives are met.
Consistently, during tactics presentations, Major Cozzalio
has inspired the cooperation of his work group and has delivered
well-thought-out presentations of a superior quality. During
a CPX, where Major Cozzalio’s skills were officially
recognized by the faculty appointing him to a key leadership
position, this innovative officer assessed the situation,
inspired productive cooperation from his subordinate staffs
and commanders, and demonstrated an infectious enthusiasm.
All of these attributes will be of continued value to the
US Army in future years. This demonstrated initiative and
leadership skill was typical of Major Cozzalio. Recommend
positions of leadership and further professional education
to capitalize on this unique officer’s capabilities.
Jun 6 1981 - Jun 5 1982
Lt Colonel HQ ROTC, Sr. Program,
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg Mississippi
This superb officer stands out among outstanding officers.
He is exceptionally aggressive in all his endeavors, is extremely
discerning and thorough and can always be depended upon to
perform an outstanding job. He is a true professional and
his modus operandi proves this true every day. Examples of
his leadership, management and meticulous attention to detail
for the school year ate increased enrollment from 927 to 1559.
scholarship applicants increased from 11 to 34, attendance
at basic camp increased from 9 to 33 plus the detachment passed
the AFI with no major deficiencies and ten commendable areas;
all are all-time highs since 1968. As Director of Instruction,
his dynamic leadership assured that high quality instruction,
focused on both the needs and interests of the cadets, was
provided to over fifteen hundred cadets by establishment of
AROTC at William Carey College (a four-year institution) starting
in the fall of 1982. Major Ace Cozzalio develops his own goals
that exceed mine and he works without supervision. He is the
big gun in the detachment and I rate him 100 percent across
the dimensions of abilities. He has represented this detachment
in a manner which leaves nothing to be desired.
Major Cozzalio’s potential is unlimited. He is better
than most senior LTC’s now and he has that degree of
toughness required to command. Upon completion of battalion
command, he should attend a senior service college immediately
to capitalize upon his abilities. Early promotion to all future
grades is absolutely warranted.
Jun 6 1982 - Jun 5 1983
Lt Colonel HQ ROTC, Sr. Program,
University of Southern University Hattiesburg Mississippi
LTC Cozzalio has set an outstanding example of the professional
officer and gentleman. His actions exemplify the soldierly
attributes we endeavor to demonstrate to the academic world,
civilian community, and future officers. This officer’s
contributions are singularly outstanding: 1) increased enrollment
from 1608 to 2053, a 28 percent increase, which elevated the
detachment to number one in the nation in enrollment; 2) increased
scholarship applicants from 11 to 34, a 209 percent increase;
3) increased basic camp applicants from 19 to 52, a 173 percent
increase; 4) all MS 111 cadets (67) were contracted by 30
Oct 82 with no cadet on conditional status, a singular accomplishment
of the 68 host institutions in Third Region; 5) organized
an FTX for cadets from four universities. Particularly pertinent
to his performance was his dominant role in the initiation,
planning, supervision, and actual work in the establishment
of an Equestrian Center for the university. President Lucas
stated that this low-cost project could not have been constructed
without the expertise and help of LTC Cozzalio. Additionally,
he researched and planned the establishment of a program at
Jackson Jr College and supervised the recruiting effort which
produced 144 new cadets. A superb performance. LTC Cozzalio
is my right hand and the detachment will continue to improve
under his leadership and guidance. In every area, his performance
has been exemplary.
LTC Cozzalio’s potential is unlimited. He has the characteristics
to excel at all levels of command or staff. He has the expertise
and maturity to command a battalion now. He most definitely
should be promoted ahead of contemporaries and selected for
attendance at SSC as soon as he is eligible.
June 6 1983 - Apr 28 1984
Lt Colonel HQ ROTC, Sr. Program,
University of Southern University Hattiesburg Mississippi
Truly outstanding performance. LTC Cozzalio has four qualities
that are rarely seen in any officer to the extent that he
exhibits; one, constantly thinks and plans ahead on every
facet of our activities; two, endeavors to find a solution
to problems on his own; third, is never idle, but constantly
finds things to do to relieve me of details; and forth, gives
completely of his time to all facets of our program---most
unique traits. He has made this detachment the best in Third
Region. A talented leader, he knows how to incite subordinates
to excel and has developed a competent and effective chain
of command that has made a significant contribution to the
overall success of the program. In this environment, LTC Cozzalio
initiated and completed an equestrian center for the university.
Directed the detachment’s rise to number one in the
nation in enrollment (2199). Increased scholarship applicants
to 42 and basic camp applicants to 52. Originated a plan which
increased MS111’s to a historical high (91) in spring
1984. His selfless commitment to the 1984 Command Inspection
resulted in only 4 of 122 items requiring correction. A superb
performance. He can and does it all.
LTC Cozzalio has unlimited potential and would function equally
well in command or staff positions at the highest levels.
He should be programmed to attend the War College at the earliest
possible time. Fully capable of operating as a colonel now.
Apr 29 1984 - Apr 28 1985
Lieutenant Colonel, Commander 4th Aviation Training Battalion,
Ft Rucker, Alabama
LTC Cozzalio is an outstanding battalion commander in all
respects and is one of the finest trainers I have ever served
with. Under his leadership, the battalion has significantly
expanded combat skills training for AIT soldiers and reports
from field commanders verify that we are providing a better
trained aviation soldier. His enthusiasm is contagious and
he is a fierce competitor who instills the winning spirit
in his soldiers. He has been a driving force in planning,
execution, and continuing to improve a five-day field training
exercise for AIT soldiers. He sets high standards, then trains
his soldiers to attain and exceed those standards. All measurable
command indicators have shown improvement since he assumed
command. He is tactically and technically qualified to command
a combat aviation battalion, but in my opinion, he is making
a far greater contribution to the entire Army as the commander
of an aviation training battalion.
LTC Cozzalio will be an outstanding Colonel and should be
selected for command of a Combat Aviation Brigade. Send to
SSC in FY 87. Should work the Army Training Program on the
Department of the Army staff. Colonel Lynn Hooper.
LTC Cozzalio has performed superbly. I have never observed
more initiative, enthusiasm, selflessness and professionalism.
By any standard he is the most outstanding of our battalion
commanders. His stated objective upon assumption of command
was to provide field units with outstanding replacements who
were trained, conditioned, and motivated to fight on the day
they arrive. He had far exceeded my greatest expectations.
LTC Cozzalio clearly possesses those rare qualities of professional
judgment, leadership and dedication found only in our finest
general officers. Select for Senior Service College and Brigade
Command. Colonel James Kitterman.
LTC Cozzalio is clearly a master of his trade. No portion
of his command is too obscure to avoid his careful examination.
As a result, his battalion produces the best of everything;
best soldiers, best mess hall, vest training, etc. His personal
commitment towards excellence and his unqualified investment
of time, talent and energy serve as the leadership example
for all to follow. He is a combined arms soldier who understands
how to fight Army Aviation. No doubt he will acquit himself
will on tomorrow’s battlefields. His greatest potential
resides in commanding soldiers. As a result, he sill do well
in all other assignments which demand leadership skill, literary
ability, and professional expertise. Brigadier General Rudolph
Apr 29 1985 - Apr 28 1986
Lieutenant Colonel, Commander 4th Aviation Training Battalion,
Ft. Rucker, Alabama
A truly outstanding battalion commander. Everything LTC Cozzalio
did was successful. He consistently initiated meaningful and
innovative training for the Army’s aviation soldiers--
quarterly rear battle oriented FTX’s, monthly air assault
orientations and operations, constant common task reinforcement
and testing---complimenting the Aviation Center’s technical
skill training. High soldier morale, readiness, and visible
esprit clearly reflect LTC Cozzalio’s dynamic leadership
style and effectiveness. His success as a leader is reflected
in our aviation soldiers’ abilities to live and train
in the field as infantrymen, by their ability to march professionally
and do the manual of arms expertly during numerous installation
reviews, and by the energetic accomplishment of each support
requirement. In addition to training and leadership, common
task testing, property accountability, and safety. The battalion
trained thousands and had no serious training accident. Additional
missions and challenges, regardless of subject of magnitude,
were always accepted, planned, and executed in an enviable
manner. LTC Cozzalio’s positive, warrior-like and soldierly
attitude permeated his command. He is the best trainer and
commander in the Brigade. Colonel Terry Rosser
Select LTC Cozzalio for senior service college immediately,
promote to colonel early, and ensure he commands a combat
aviation brigade at the earliest opportunity. Brigadier General
LTC Ace Cozzalio is an innovative, spirited, soldier-oriented
leader who inspires confidence and makes things happen; intelligent,
erudite, proactive, and possesses uncommon zeal for his profession;
a superb trainer; soldiers clamor to follow his lead evidenced
by their participation in the “Smart Troop” program
- superiors respect and admire his competence; an outstanding
battalion commander with clear potential well beyond his peers;
select for SSC in FY 87, promote early, and permit this fine
leader to command a brigade.
Clearly the best battalion commander on post; quite possibly
in the entire Army. No wonder his battalion was judged by
HQ TRADOC as the best training battalion in the Army. To say
he is outstanding in leadership and professional skill does
not do justice to his demonstrated performance or potential.
He inspires his soldiers to be all they can be. A leader of
extraordinary capacity; the perfect soldier role model. Physically
fit, technically competent, sincerely committed to the welfare
of his soldiers -- a warrior. Should be in command of an aviation
brigade today. Select for SSC soonest so that he can rapidly
achieve greater positions of responsibility. A future senior
leader of our Army. Brigadier General Rudolph Ostovich III