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Ralph J. Capio 1974

Colonel Ralph J. Capio was a member of the Air Force ROTC as an undregraduate at Rutgers. He trained as a Navigator-Bombardier, and was assigned to his first operational unit--the 380th Strategic Aerospace Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, NY--as a member of a B-52 crew, in 1965. During the next three years, in Plattsburgh, he stood nuclear alert, flew airborne nuclear alert missions, and spent one tour in Vietnam flying B-52 combat missions.

After returning to the US, he enrolled in law school at Union University, Albany Law School, and in the MPA program at SUNY Albany. He was recalled to active duty in 1974, after graduating from Albany Law School with a JD, and SUNY with an MPA, and after being admitted to the NY bar. He was appointed a judge advocate (JAG), and was posted to various assignments around the world, including West Germany, Japan, Italy, and Saudia Arabia, as well as within the US. By his retirement in 1998, he had spent 30 years in active service, in addition to 4 years in the New York Guard. During that time, he received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Gulf War Campaign Medal.