CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The new Cape Coral US Army Reserve Center was named for fallen Naples soldier Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo in a memorialization ceremony Saturday.
Scialdo is a 1999 graduate of St. John Neumann High School in Naples and graduated from Edison State College in 2002.
"Marc would definitely be proud and honored, he would be smiling and kind of get a kick out of it thinking, really, me?" Scialdo's sister, Jackie Nelson, said.
Scialdo served ten years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also built the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion's Downed Aircraft Recovery Team.
"He was a true leader," CSM Grant Stange, who commanded Scialdo in Afghanistan said. "He is what we hope for as a Command Sergeant Major. You don't have to train or teach somebody, he had a natural leadership ability when he walked in."
Scialdo was killed on March 11, 2013 when a helicopter he was riding in crashed in Afghanistan.
Childhood friend and fellow soldier Staff Sergeant Matthew Lobes pushed to name the new reserve facility after Scialdo.
"What we do at this facility is really his personality because we are out in the community a lot doing a lot of different things and that's how Marc's personality was," Lobes said.
There is a glass case inside the facility filled with photographs, awards and mementos.
"He was an exemplary leader and now our soldiers have someone as a mentor for them and somebody to follow in his footsteps," Lobes said.
Scialdo's awards and decorations include two Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals and the Bronze Star Medal.