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Austintown veteran gets special award

March 22, 2013
Special to the Town Crier

Col. Walter M. Duzzny, USAR retired, was recently presented with the MOAA Ambassador Award, by LTC Michael Wisniewski, USAR retired, at a recent recognition awards ceremony held at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station, Vienna.

Duzzny is a charter member of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and served as its initial president. Duzzny was instrumental in founding the local chapter in November 2011, one of more than 400 chapters serving 380,000 military officers worldwide. The MSVC-MOAA received its charter in February 2012 from MOAA headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

During his tenure, Duzzny succeeded in chartering almost 60 members into the chapter and bringing recognition to the chapter as a National Category One winner for recruiting new chapter members. The coveted Ambassador Award is unique among all the MOAA chapters in the United States and was instituted by this chapter to recognize members and community leaders for their exemplary civic and military service to the local chapter, to their community, and to the country.

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Col. Walter M. Duzzny, USAR retired, was presented with the MOAA Ambassador Award recently by LTC Michael Wisniewski, USAR retired. The award was for service to the Military Officers Association of America.

During the course of his military career, Duzzny served as the commander of the 1654th Civil Affairs Group and the 437th Military Police Battalion, and as provost marshal for the state of Ohio. He is currently serving as the president of the Mahoning Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association and a board member of the Northeast Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve.

Duzzny served the community for 33 years as the director of Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency and 911 Communications until his retirement. However, he is still active as president of Emergency Planning Associates, vice president of J. Tyler Enterprise LLC, and vice president of Impact Educational Resources. He has taught at Youngstown State University and Kent State University in areas of Public Safety and Security, Criminal Justice for the Police Academy, and as a defensive driving instructor.

Among his civic accomplishments, Duzzny has served as the president of Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, president of the Ukrainian Orthodox League, member of Masonic Lodge, Argus Lodge 545, Youngstown Scottish Rite and Youngstown Shrine Club.

During the awards ceremony, his wife, Kathleen, pinned the past president pin on his coat lapel. They reside in Austintown.

The MSVC-MOAA meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station, 3976 King Graves Road, Vienna. For reservations and more information, call CWO3 Don Oglesby at 330-568-4456. Membership is open to commissioned and warrant officers form every branch of the service including active duty, guard, reserve and retired military.



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