LtCol Jerry Rizzo ‘83
Williams College, BA ‘87
University of California - Berkeley, MA ‘91
Cornell University, MBA ‘12
United States Marine Corps F/A-18C Pilot
F/A-18 TOPGUN Instructor
Joint Operations Officer in support of Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations in Lebanon, 2006
Forward Air Controller during Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003
Battalion Landing Team Air Officer during Peace Enforcement Operations in Kosovo, 2001
Battalion Air Officer, 2nd Battalion 8th Marines; Expeditionary Plans Officer, Naval Forces Europe
Physical Education Instructor and Varsity Football Coach, United States Naval Academy
Associate Professor of Naval Science and NROTC Executive Officer, Cornell University
Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal;
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; US Marine Corps Basic School Honor Graduate
Naval Aviation Training Command Student Aviator of the Year; US Naval Academy Varsity Coach of the Year
Advice to Students
Work hard. Have fun. Chase your dreams.
Be humble and always remember to serve those that you lead.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” - Albert Schweitzer
Inducted November 22, 2011