ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury man was among eight military veterans honored this week by the Morris County freeholders, who presented them with Morris County Distinguished Service Medals in advance of Veteran's Day.
The Roxbury resident, Todd Stawicki, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, according to the county. He grew up in Bridgewater and went to Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
“Todd was commissioned as an Infantry Officer,” said the freeholders in a statement. “He served in the Army for 7½ years with one deployment to Iraq in 2009-2010, and one deployment to Afghanistan in 2013.”
Stawicki also was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Riley, Kan. and Fort Hood, Texas.
According to the freeholders, Stawicki was awarded the Army Commendation Medal four times. He also was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Army Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Ribbons, a NATO Medal, a Combat Action Badge, a Parachutist Badge and an Air Assault Badge.
After leaving the Army, Todd became a project manager at Panasonic, said the freeholders. They said he recently accepted a position at Denville-based WisEngineering as a program manager working at Picatinny Arsenal.
Joining Stawicki in receiving the county medals were
• Mohammed Abdul Aziz, U.S. Army, of Rockaway Township
• Leonard Gleason, U.S. Army, of Morristown
• Kim Hawkins U.S. Navy, of Rockaway Township
• James Hill, U.S. Air Force, of Jefferson Township
• Donna M. Scheel, U.S. Army, of Mount Olive
• (the late) Steven H. Scheel, U.S. Army, of Mount Olive
• Samuel Sisco, U.S. Army, of Mine Hill
Additionally, Connor Scheel, the grandson of the late Steve Scheel, accepted the county medal on behalf of his late grandfather. And Marine Corps veteran Emerson Crooks of Randolph - who served in Vietnam in the 1960s - received a special county resolution in connection with the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
At the event, Morris County American Legion Commander Amery Vasso received a special county resolution marking the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.
“For all veterans, regardless of your service and the era in which you served, you have paid a price for the freedom we enjoy,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “You have paid with your courage and honor. We salute you for your service.’’
The Morris County Distinguished Military Service was designed by a special committee of county veterans, with some variations in medals and ribbons for various conflicts and military eras, according to the county.
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