Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo's made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and that sacrifice will be honored on Saturday.
The fallen Naples resident will have the new Cape Coral Army Reserve Training Center at 1717 Corbett Road dedicated in his honor in a ceremony at 10 a.m.
Cape Coral Councilmember Rana Erbrick, who will be there to issue a proclamation on behalf of the city, said the official ribbon cutting symbolizes the synergy between the military and the city.
Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo
"It's a partnership with the Army reserve. It has four companies coming in for training," Erbrick said. "I think it's a fabulous partnership between the armed forces and the city."
There will also be members of Scialdo's platoon and his family speaking on his behalf, as will Gen. Gill Beck, 81st Regional Support Commander.
"There will be a color guard, the Army Band, and tours of the building so people can see where our Reservists work," said Jacqueline Wren, community relations specialist, 81st Regional Support Command, which will rename the facility.
"It's a glimpse of how we honor our soldiers and a glimpse of what we do in these buildings and what goes on,
The four companies using the center include the 365th Engineering, the 451st Quartermaster Company, the 810 Military Police detachment and a drill sergeant company.
Wren said they like to name facilities after local heroes.
"When we have a new building, we want to honor a soldier with it. Coincidentally, some of the people who use the building currently are former classmates of him, so it worked out perfectly," Wren said. "It was also a recent loss, so it's good to immediately honor them."
Last month, soldiers from the 365th Engineer Company dedicated Flag Day to Scialdo when soldiers, along with other reservists from as far north as Tampa, participated in a training exercise at Crystal Lake.
Scialdo, 31, who joined the Army shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, was near Kandahar City on March 11, 2013 when the Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding crashed as he served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
SSG Scialdo was a Black Hawk crew chief with the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion at the time of his death. It was his second tour of duty in the Middle East.
"Scialdo was much-decorated, and to honor him in such a manner because of his heroism and the sacrifice he made is a tribute to him," Erbrick said.
Scialdo's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (posthumous), two Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with combat distinguished device, and four Army Achievement Medals. He is survived by his wife, Kara Ann Scialdo.
Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan in December 2012, Marc served his first tour of duty in Iraq in 2007-08 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Scialdo was born in Herkimer, N.Y. and moved to Naples as a child. He graduated from St. John Neumann Catholic High School in 1999 and from Edison State College in 2002.