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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Flagler County hires new Veterans Services Officer

December 21, 2016 – Flagler County welcomes David Lydon as Veterans Services Officer. He replaces Sal Rutigliano, who retired late last month after 16 years of service.
“I am eager to bring to Flagler County and its citizens my intimate understanding of Veterans’ issues and my strong desire to advocate on their behalf,” Lydon said.
Lydon – who goes by ‘Dave’ - comes to Flagler County with three decades of law enforcement officer and military training experience. He currently holds the rank of Major as part-time United States Air Force Reserve Squadron Commander, 927th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base. He is immersed in the local Veterans community – networked with key leaders of the military service groups within Flagler County, the high schools JROTC Commanders, and was a volunteer driver for Disabled American Veterans.
“We looked at resumes from across the state, and we were most impressed by Mr. Lydon’s ability to operate in the Federal, state and local arenas, coordinating budgets and training activities,” County Services Director Joseph Mayer said. “We are also excited by his energetic commitment to the many veterans groups of Flagler County.”
Those groups include: the Military Officers Association of America where he currently serves as 1st Vice President and will be installed as President in January 2017; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696 where Lydon is a Life Member and Trustee and serves on the House and Planning Committee; and, the American Legion Post #115.
Mr. Lydon also participates on the Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council, as a member representing both VFW Post 8696 and the Military Officers Association of America.
Lydon, a native of Rhinebeck, NY, grew up in nearby Redhook. He has resided in Palm Coast with his wife since 2013. He has two sons; the oldest an US Army first lieutenant, and the younger an US Army ROTC Cadet at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is a member and Secretary of the Blue Knights Florida Chapter XXII.

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