COL (retired) Stan Zezotarski has nearly 30 years of emergency response experience. He has the advantage of hindsight with activation for the Loma Prieta and North Ridge Earthquakes, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the 1999 Northern California Floods, 2000 Y2K, numerous winter shelter activations, and the 2008 and 2009 San Diego Wildfires.
He owns foresight from: his experience of designing and directing the first exercise to test the Dual Status Command (DSC) concept to organize National Guard and Federal Active Duty Forces under a National Guard commander for the purpose of responding to a catastrophic emergency; and for cutting government bureaucratic red tape to include private-public partnerships in emergency response planning and exercises.
During the first decade of the 21st Century, COL (Retired)Stan Zezotarski witnessed the Nation’s revisions of the National Security Strategy, its philosophies, and methods for protecting the Homeland land. He was an integral player in incorporating Private-Public Partnerships into Homeland Security exercises as encouraged by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate in 2011.
He was the key participant in facilitating the State Military Department’s Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan, the emergency response plan, and designing the plan to surge California National Guard forces for the 2010 Border Security mission.
Media and Writing Awards:
- 1996- International Association of Business Communicators “Crystal Communications Award” for Feature Writing: New Horizons–California National Guard Nation Building Mission in Bocas del Toros, Panama. The article featured a five-year-old girl whose life would have been saved if villagers had the roads that California National Guard were assisting them build existed a year earlier. Article was published in both military magazines and the Eureka Times Standard.
- 1996-International Association of Business Communications “Merit Award: promotional Campaign: Special Event “Nuevos Horizontes”A strategic communications campaign to influence Californians support for the California National Guard to help villagers in Bocas del Toro, Panama to build schools, hospital clinics, and roads necessary for community vitality,
- 1996-Sacramento Public Relations Association (SPRA) CAPPIE Silver Ward Feature Writing “Nuevos Horizontes.” Story of how the California National Guard, National Guard Bureau, and United States Southern Command projected American Values of hard work, dignity, and prosperity by helping villagers build critical infrastructure–schools, medical clinics, and roads–with military engineering, logistical, and transportation support and resources. Through the mission emerged Sacramento’s Teachers Reaching Out” –a public private partnership through which Sacramento Schools became pen pals with Bocas del Toro schools, interfaith organizations donated much needed schools supplies with the Panama schools, and a professional teacher dialogue between teachers in Panama and Northern California.
- 2004-National Guard Media Contest-First Place -Senior Level Writing. Recognized for the high level feature writing, commentaries, hard-news articles published in the California National Guard’s “Grizzly Magazine” among all senior grade officers in the entire National Guard public relations and command information commands.
- 2004-National Guard Media Contest-First Place-Commentary “Where Justice Begins.” An opinion that officers and senior non-commissioned officers have a responsibility to train their soldiers to “disobey an unlawful order” to avoid the human rights violations and torture committed at Abu Grab Prison in Iraq
- 2005-National Guard Media Contest. First Place-Story Series. Three part story arguing for consolidating California National Guard’s Camp Roberts, Camp San Luis Obispo with the United States Army Reserve’s Ft. Hunter Liggett into a Joint Training and Mobilization Center for all Military Branches. The series explored the efficiency, tactical, and strategic of using all three installations–located within a 50 mile radius–as a single mobilization and training center.