Wilmington High School Alum Matt Palermo Becomes U.S. Army Commander

FORT BENNING, GA — Captain Matthew S. Palermo, a 2012 graduate of Wilmington High School, recently became a company commander in the U.S. Army following a ceremony at Fort Benning on July 7, 2021.

Palermo is now the Captain of the 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Bravo Company.

The Regiment “trains Paratroopers in order to provide the Department of Defense with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to conduct airborne operations anywhere DOD-wide, forge the Paratrooper spirit in the junior leadership of the DOD and to provide a world-class quality of life for our Soldiers, Civilians, and Army Families.”

Palermo was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United State Army back in 2016. He trained as a member of the National Guard Reserves while completing his studies at Endicott College. While at Endicott, he was awarded the Frances Gnecco Callahan Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving student who exemplifies a strong commitment to helping others.

Palermo, who was active in Local Heroes while a student at Wilmington High School, was inspired to join the armed forces because of his grandfather’s service in World War II, for which he was awarded a Bronze Start and Purple Heart, fighting during D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

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