Ciro Stefano, Army ROTC
Lieutenant Colonel, Professor of Military Science, Battalion Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Stefano assumed command of the Bay State Battalion on 15 July 2011. The battalion consists of 26 colleges and universities from both MA and NH. He serves as the Professor of Military Science, UMass Lowell's Army ROTC program. He is an expert trainer and leader, having received the Army's highest award for leadership, the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.
He comes to UMass Lowell with over twenty eight years of experience, having served at every level of command and staff assignments in the Army, from Platoon Sergeant to Chief Warrant Officer to Battalion Commander. His assignments include several operational assignments around the globe and four tours of combat including Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Overseas assignments include the Republic of Korea, Germany, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently he served as the Executive Officer to the General responsible for all operations in the European theater. He is an Airborne Ranger and Senior Army Aviator rated to fly the UH-1 Huey, the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. He also holds all of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings one can earn as a civilian aviator. He has earned multiple degrees in Aeronautical Sciences and an MBA.
Finally, he is fully fluent in the German language and has a high degree of understanding of European and Middle Eastern cultures. The love of his life is his wife Katie and he adores his two Bulldogs.