Damiano honored for 40 years of service

Damiano honored for 40 years of serviceCapt. Harry Dunbrack, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, presented Tony Damiano with a 40-year length-of-service award on July 25.

“Being able to recognize people for their outstanding service is one of the best parts of my job,” Dunbrack said. “On behalf of the 6,500 employees of NAWCWD, thank you for your service to the Navy, NAVAIR and NAWCWD.”

Damiano arrived in Ridgecrest in 1984 after serving more than 12 years in the Marine Corps. As a Marine, he deployed in 1971 as an ammunition technician to Vietnam and the Pacific area. In 1973 he was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in Indian Head, Md., where he served as an EOD technician and then as a warrant officer.

As an EOD commissioned warrant officer-2, he initiated joint-service and multinational EOD operations in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. His last duty assignment was as the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic ammunition/EOD officer

At China Lake, Damiano began working as a logistics management specialist in the Ordnance Test and Evaluation Division. He has worked in Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty events and was appointed the NAWS START Treaty inspection coordinator in 1999. His efforts resulted in successful inspections from 1992 to 2010.

His collateral duties include technical assistance to contracting officer representatives for engineering service support contracts. He has also conducted sexual harassment prevention classes.

Damiano has five degrees and is working on a doctorate. In 1999 he began teaching in the Business and Technology Department of Cerro Coso Community College. In 2002 he started teaching at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Extended Campus-China Lake.

About 30 friends, co-workers and family members attended the ceremony to celebrate with Damiano. “I’ve worked with or for everyone in this room,” he said. “You’ve all been great support to everything I’ve done, and that’s why I’ve been successful.”

Story First Published: 2012-08-08