West Brunswick High JROTC instructor achieves statewide recognition

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Joseph Calisto has just received statewide recognition. Calisto was named VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the high school category.

“I’m really touched by the selection, as you can imagine,” Calisto said of the honor. “I would just say that this award is more about the excellent students and teachers at West Brunswick High School and our exceptional community partners than my teaching skills. “

“We’re so excited for Colonel Calisto,” Principal Rhonda Benton said of the recognition. “He is so deserving and such an asset to the Trojan family!”

The official award ceremony will take place at the VFW NC convention banquet in Cary on Saturday February 2nd.

Colonel (R) Joseph E. Calisto is from New Bern. He attended Craven Community College and then transferred to East Carolina University where he joined the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was appointed second lieutenant in May 1987 and graduated in December 1987.

Colonel Calisto spent 25 years as an officer in the Transport and Logistics Corps. He commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level and was selected in 2009 by the Senior Service College.

Some of the highlights of his military career include a teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1996 to 1999; Joint Staff Officer / Battalion Commander, Republic of South Korea 2002-2006; and the Commander, 596th Transport Brigade, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point from 2010-2012. His training includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, a Master of Science in Exercise Science, and a Master of Arts in Aerospace Power.

After retiring from the military on March 1, 2013, he began his second career in April 2013 as a senior army instructor for the JROTC at West Brunswick High School. He is married to Mrs. Dawn Stanford Calisto and they have four daughters, Nicole, Morgan, Rachel and Samantha.

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