TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Chief Master Sgt. Mark Cozzupoli, a veteran of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Saturday takes over as the top enlisted airman in the 10thth Airlift Wing at the Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base.
Cozzupoli replaces Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Ruzzo, the outgoing command chief master sergeant.
Cozzupoli enlisted in the Air Force in 1993 and served on active duty for four years before transferring to the New York Air National Guard and the 105th Airlift Wing in 1997. He deployed five times including to Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2005 and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in 2011.
Prior to his current assignment, he was the 105th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent at the Stewart Guard base.
As the command chief, he reports directly to the Wing Commander on enlisted personnel issues, including professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family readiness, community relations and esprit de corps.
The 105th Airlift Wing operates the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at the Stewart base. Wing aircraft regularly fly missions around the world to supply US and allied military units.