LTC Peter C. Zappola
LTC Peter Zappola joined the Army in 2003 through the Office Candidate School (OCS) College Option Program. He attended Basic Combat Training and OCS at Fort Benning, GA, receiving a commission in August 2003 in the Chemical Corps. After the Chemical Officer Basic Course, his first assignment was Fort Lewis, WA, where he has served as a platoon leader, 11th Chemical Company/14th Engineer Battalion, platoon leader and executive officer of 61st Chemical Company/23d Chemical Battalion, and assistant operations officer of 23d Chemical Battalion. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 as platoon leader of a personal security detachment for the 555th EN BDE commander. He also deployed with 23d Chemical Battalion in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving as brigade task force assistant operations officer. Upon redeployment, he attended the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. He then took command of 51st CBRN Company/83rd CBRN Battalion, Fort Polk, LA. After command, he became a small group leader for the Chemical Captain’s Career Course, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. LTC Zappola then attended the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Following CGSC, he was selected to return to Fort Leonard Wood where he served as the Chief of Operations for the US Army CBRN School and later as the executive officer for 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment. LTC Zappola then attended graduate school at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, MA. His most recent assignment was serving as a Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Planner for the United States Special Operations Command’s CWMD Fusion Cell, Fort Belvoir, VA.
LTC Zappola’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.