LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Canzoneri selected as Commander, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., the Adjutant General of Florida, is pleased to announce Col. Mike Canzoneri has been selected to assume command of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), headquartered in Pinellas Park.
“Col. Canzoneri is an outstanding officer whose judgment and unique background are ideal for this very important assignment,” said Maj. Gen. Titshaw. “I believe Mike is the right man to lead our largest major command. He brings a wealth of experience into the position.”
Col. Canzoneri currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Troop Command. He replaces Col. Thad Hill, who retires in January with more than 30 years of outstanding service and a commendable two year command of the 53rd Brigade Combat Team. The 53rd Brigade includes the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry; 1st Squadron, 153rd Cavalry; 53rd Support Battalion; 53rd Special Troops Battalion; and 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment.
Col. Canzoneri rose through the ranks of the Infantry Brigade, enlisting in 1982, attending OCS in 1986, and leading at every level from platoon to battalion commander. In 1995 he was recognized nationally with the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award at the Pentagon. His major deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-4 as the 3-124 Battalion Executive Officer and Operation Inspired Gambit in Pakistan in the Spring of 2008 as the Squadron Commander for 1-153 Cav.
Col. Canzoneri received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Col. Canzoneri’s military decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal for Hurricanes Andrew and Opal, and the Order of St Maurice.