Knight of the Month - Joe Kinzer
...On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart of Southport Council, I have the honor to present this month's Knight of the Month Award to JOSEPH KINZER.Joe joined the United States Army as an enlisted man in 1958.He
was commissioned as an officer after serving six (6) years.He
ascended through the ranks to Lieutenant General and in 1998 retired as Commanding General of the 5th US Army
in Fort Sam Houston.During his
distinguished military career of 40 years he
received numerous military decorations, two of which were the Defense Distinguished Service Award and the Army Distinguished Service Award.
As a senior staff officer his
work brought him in contact with the highest level of officials of the United States government and the United Nations.He
also played a major role in the re-establishing governmental, economic control and infrastructure development in Panama and Haiti.He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in 1971 and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1984 from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.
Joe's devotion to his
faith throughout his
career culminated with the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon a Catholic layman.In 1995 he was summoned to the Pentagon and to his surprise he was named a Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great.This award was presented to him by Major General Don Shea, Army Chief of Chaplains on behalf of the Secretary of State of the Vatican.He
wife Bonnie moved to Southport in 1998.Joe
immediately continued his
strong work ethic by becoming involved in Sacred Heart Church
and the community.He serves as a lector for Sacred Heart Church.He was President of the St. James Property Owners Association from 1999-2001.He became a charter member of the St. James Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 and was recently elected to the Board of Directors.Joe
coordinates all the military participation for the annual Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Naturalization ceremonies for the town of Southport.He
is a sought after speaker and has addressed many community grops such as the Kiwanis
, Rotary and the Lions.He joined the Knights of Columbus in 2001 and served as Recorder and is currently serving the position of Chancellor.He
is the Grand Knight of our outstanding First Degree Team and has chaired the Special Olympics competition for the past three years.His distinguished military career in the US Army still continues as a consultant to the Army Reserve and National Guard specializing in war games throughout the United States.