BOSTON – Col. Anthony E. Schiavi was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding non-combat meritorious service and achievement from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011. The medal was presented by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard during a ceremony at the State House, May 15.
Schiavi is Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. He is responsible for the activities of more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel at the base who ensure the wing’s ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining preparedness to accomplish its wartime mission.
During the period cited, Schiavi expertly lead his team through 3 Major Command Inspections, achieving over a 99% compliance rating and the first ever, combined Higher Headquarters inspections, with the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency and Air Combat Command. This was the highest overall inspection result in the Air National Guard showing his outstanding leadership. Schiavi also provided strategic direction for the ongoing mission development in Air Force Special Operations Production and Exploitation and Dissemination node. He directed improvements of the 102nd Air Operations Group’s real world integration with the 608th Air Operations Center, by utilizing secure communications capabilities, which proved effective during a rapid response to Operation Odyssey Dawn supporting 24/7 operations.
Colonel Schiavi is a native of Massachusetts and currently resides in Mashpee. He entered the Air Force in 1983 after earning his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Holy Cross College. He is a command pilot and veteran of Operation Desert Storm with 56 combat missions and one confirmed aerial victory.