LAURENTIAN PORTRAIt
Dana Capozzella ’87
by Brittany Moten ’13
For Dana Capozzella ’87, a career in
military service was always in the cards.
After she graduated and was commis-
sioned, she was assigned to Fort Carson,
Colo., where “I served for 4½ years
on active duty in a medical clearing
company and then in the 10th Mobile
Army Support Hospital (MASH),”
says the psychology major and ROTC
participant.
After becoming a company command-
er in an area support medical company,
she knew she had made the right career
decision. “Command is what almost ev-
eryone desires in the military,” she says.
And command is what she achieved.
As assistant adjutant general of the
Colorado National Guard, commanding
general of the Colorado Army National
Guard and a brigadier general, Capoz-
zella oversees more than 4,000 soldiers
in 50 units and 40 facilities throughout
the state.
Capozzella splits her time as a military
officer with her civilian life. The part-
ner, compliance officer and operations
manager for Cascade Investment Group
says, “Many times I have been at my ci-
vilian job receiving emails or phone calls
from the National Guard that required
my attention. Being what we call a
traditional National Guardsman is hard
because it can be very difficult balanc-
ing your civilian work, your military
duty, your family and other activities.”
This has been a challenge and a reward,
she points out. “Anyone who serves in
the Reserves or Na-
tional Guard knows
they can only do so
with the full support
of their family and
civilian employer,”
says the mother of
three who is married
to Robert Utter ’86.
Capozzella credits
her ability to manage
her busy schedule
and serve as a leader
to her time at St.
Lawrence, where she
says she acquired the
skills that she would
eventually use in her
first military assign-
ment. “As an active
duty second lieuten-
ant platoon leader,”
she explains, “I was
responsible for the
health, welfare and
training of more than 45 soldiers.” The
Austria Semester participant adds that
studying abroad made me eager to
learn about other cultures and coun-
tries, which has helped immensely in
my military career.”
National Guard
Commander
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine 17
University Communications
spring semester writing intern
Brittany Moten could relate well
to her subject’s story, having a
history of military involvement
in her family.
photo provided