Two brothers with distinguished U.S. Army careers were inducted into the St. Bonaventure University Seneca Battalion Army ROTC Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 28.
Col. Paul E. Giovino (Ret), ’84, of Buffalo, and the late Maj. Michael A. Giovino (Ret), ’79, are the first siblings who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.
Maj. Giovino was born in Belleville, N.J. After graduating from Williamsville North High School in 1975, he enrolled at St. Bonaventure, where he was an Army ROTC cadet and member of the men’s swim team. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1979, and was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps second lieutenant. After graduating from the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, his first assignment was as a medical platoon leader in the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry at Fort Lewis, Wash. Maj. Giovino was selected for service as an Army aviator and graduated from the U.S. Army Rotary Wing Aviator Course in 1982. He reported to Gablingen, Germany, where he was a section leader in the 236th Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance).
In 1986, he graduated from the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the Army Aviation Safety Course and the Rotary Wing Aviator Refresher Course before being assigned as detachment commander and flight operations officer, 229th Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) at Ft. Drum, N.Y. He subsequently served as company commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department at Fort Drum before attending the Combined Arms Services Staff School in 1988.
He returned to Fort Rucker, Ala, and became the chief and then commander of the Air Ambulance Division, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center. In 1992, he graduated from the Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Qualification Course and was selected as special assistant to the commander, F Company of 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, before assuming command of the International Medical Student Company.
Maj. Giovino completed a health care administration residency with the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program and earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University in 1995. His final military assignment was as chief of the Clinical Support Division at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga., where he helped to reorganize the hospital and prepare it for implementation of Tricare, the Department of Defense’s managed health care system. He was medically retired from active service on Nov. 2, 1996, and passed away on Jan. 3, 1997.
Maj. Giovino’s wife, the former Sue Ann Herger, who also graduated in 1979 from St. Bonaventure, accepted the award on his behalf. The couple have four children Jacqueline, Nicholas, Michael T., and Samuel.
On Sept. 9 1997, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon dedicated its helipad to Maj. Giovino as “a tribute to a soldier who contributed so much to the Army medical department both as an aviator and as an administrator.”
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLCs), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was awarded the Senior Aviator’s Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He was also a Certified Healthcare Executive in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Col. Paul E. Giovino of Buffalo, N.Y., was commissioned a second lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery upon graduation from St. Bonaventure in 1984. Following the Air Defense Officers Basic Course, he served in various capacities in Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 59th Air Defense Artillery in Wackernhiem, Germany. After transferring to the Transportation Corps, he completed the Transportation Officers Advanced Course in 1987. In 1988, he was assigned to the 593rd Area Support Group at Fort Lewis, Wash., as the Installation Transportation Officer and Motor/Surface Officer.
In January of 1990, Col. Giovino assumed command of the 513th Transportation Company, deploying the unit to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon return from the war, he was selected to serve in the U.S. Army’s Training with Industry Program in January 1992 and worked with Trans World Airlines as the deputy director for commuter operations. In 1993, he was assigned as the chief of Strategic Deployment with the Joint Strategic Deployment Training Center at Fort Eustis, Va.
In 1995, Col. Giovino served as the terminal operations officer and executive officer for the Naval Antarctic Support Unit based in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as in McMurdo station, Antarctica. He later served as an operations officer for the assistant chief of staff of Logistics, G-4, 3rd U.S. Army, Army Forces Central Command, in both Georgia and Kuwait.
In 2001, Col. Giovino was selected for assignment with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. As a training and evaluations officer, Col. Giovino assisted USAR units with Command and General Staff College education training throughout the North Eastern United States.
In 2002, Col. Giovino assumed command of the 832nd Transportation Battalion in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While in command he was responsible for all Department of Defense surface transportation throughout the Caribbean and South America. During this tour, he was also selected to command all military operations at the Port of Jacksonville, Fla. Col. Giovino was responsible for all military forces moving through the southeast of the United States in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Following this command, he was assigned as the command operations center director for the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Fort Eustis, Va.
In 2006, Col. Giovino was selected to attend residency at the Army War College, where he received his master’s degree in strategic studies. In 2007, he was assigned as the director of Operations/G3 for the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Ft. Eustis, Va. In this role Col Giovino managed global surface transportation for the Department of Defense in support of the United States Transportation Command.
Col. Giovino retired from active duty in 2011. He is now the director of contract management and compliance for U.S. Flag Liner Services of Maersk Line, Limited based in Norfolk, Va. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Christopher and Anthony.
Col. Giovino’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), U.S. Navy Commendation Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ Bronze Service Star (3rd Award), South West Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait). He is a member of the National Defense Transportation Association and The Propeller Club of the United States.
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