City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Maj. Josie Carpanzano

U.S. Army

Major Carpanzano was born and raised in Chicago, She graduated from Clark High School in 2000 and went on to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology together with her commission in the U.S, Army as a Second Lieutenant.

 

After completing the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas, she was assigned to the 172nd Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she held the position of Evacuation Platoon Leader. In 2007, she became the Executive Officer for the 1/25th Stryker Brigade "Arctic Wolves" Support Medical Company where she served until 2008. Later that year she was deployed to Iraq as of the 2/8th Field Artillery Logistical Support Team Commander.

In 2010, Major Carpanzano was assigned to Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, Ga., as the Adjutant for a short period prior to assuming command of the Winn Army Community Hospital Medical Company. She successfully commanded a company of over 450 Soldiers responsible for the healthcare of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, their families and a robust retiree community.

 

In 2013, Josie was assigned as the lead Medical Observer/Coach Trainer and the Brigade Medical Operations Officer for the Patriot Brigade 1st Army Division East at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. She spent the next four years traveling across the northeastern part of the United States training, supporting, and building future relationships with all the National Guard and Army Reserve medical units preparing for future active duty missions, as well as providing continuity to the medical evaluation teams at the Joint Reserve Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

 

Major Carpanzano is married to Captain Mario Carpanzano (a Stamford Native), and they have two children, Canio and Fia. Josie is currently working in the City of Stamford Department of Operations, and she serves as a member of the Patriotic and Special Events Commission. Her military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, an Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon

2018