U. S. Army
Second Lieutenant Joe Colavito was born and raised in Carmel, NY. He attended Manhattanville College receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Education in 2010. He began teaching music at Toquam Magnet Elementary School in August 2010 and then enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard in December of that year as a 42R, Army Musician. He attended basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia during the summer of 2011. In April 2012 he attended the Advanced Individual Training at the Army School of Music at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Virginia, completing it in June 2012, and then transferred briefly to the Virgin Islands National Guard, while teaching k-12 music on St. Croix. He returned to Stamford in December 2012 and started a full time job (AGR) at the supply NCO of the 102d Army Band in Rockville, CT.
In February of 2013, Joe joined the full time Guard force. Since then, he has served as the supply sergeant for the 102D Army Band, a recruiting and retention noncommissioned officer (NCO), and the marketing and social media NCO for the 6th Recruiting and Retention Battalion. In May of 2017, Joe accepted a position as a recruiter for the CT Army National Guard in Middletown, CT. In November 2019, Joe was transferred to the Stamford office.
Joe went on to State Officers Candidate School in March of 2020, which he completed in September 2021, and he accepted his commission in January 2022. Among Joe’s military achievements are that he graduated Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Rifle Marksmanship Trainer Course, and Army Master Fitness Trainer Course.
Joe currently serves on the Stamford Patriotic and Special Events Committee. In his free time, he sometimes performs at Curtain Call and he coaches fitness at Affinity Athletics in Stamford.
He is currently stationed at Ft. Lee, Virginia, completing Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course. Joe Colavito makes his home in Stamford with his wife Jenna, and his two children, Johnny and Rosie.
COTY is pleased to honor Second Lieutenant Joseph Colavito as a 2022 COTY Honored Veteran.