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HECTOR T. DITTAMO
Member of the Board of Directors and
Representing the DC Chapter of Concerns of
Hector T. Dittamo was born in Paterson, NJ. His retirement on February
28, 2006 marked the completion of 43 years and nine months of
continuous federal service, 23 years on active military duty (US Army), and
20 years, nine months with federal civil service. Nearly 28 years was
spent in the Pentagon. He graduated on June 2, 1962 with a Bachelor of
Arts degree (major in Journalism) from the University of Dayton (Ohio).
He was a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and received his commission as a Second
Lieutenant. Among other varied assignments, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Mr. Dittamo graduated from Boston University (Degree of Master of Education) in September,
1975. His latter military assignments included HQ, Military District of Washington and as the
Chief, Services Division, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the US
Army on May 31, 1985. On June 3, 1985 he joined the civilian work force with the Office of
the Secretary of the Air Force as Chief, Services and Supply. In 1994, he joined the Pentagon
Building Management Office, Washington Headquarters Services. In April, 1999, he returned
to the HQ, US Air Force as Chief, Facilities Support Division, and later as the Director, Facilities
Support Directorate. He attained his GS-15 grade in November, 2001. Mr. Dittamo was on duty
at the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal w/two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal w/two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army
Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, plus numerous service ribbons; as a
civil servant, the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, and Federal Employee Point of Light.
He was active with the Boy Scout program and attained the highest awards in both Scout and
Explorer ranks. He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and serves in St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton Council #8183 and Fr. Edwin F. Kelley Assembly #1443. He served as a
Grand Knight and a Faithful Navigator; he also served as a District Deputy for four years.
After retirement, he devoted his time to work with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, where he
and his wife were in charge of a major fund raising program selling gift cards, a program that
raised profits over $415,900 from July, 1995 until the Program ceased in August, 2011. In
addition, he assisted at the family business, Fox’s Pizza Den, in Lake Ridge, VA, which opened
in November, 2005 but closed in December, 2010, following the death of his son, Paul, in the
line of duty with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC on October 30, 2010.
He was a graduate of the Prince William County Citizen Police Academy (PWCCPA) and is
a member of the PWCCPA Alumni Association. He is also enrolled as a volunteer with the
PWC (Virginia) Police Department. He is an active member of the Washington, DC Chapter of
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.). He was elected President of the DC Chapter in
June, 2012 and currently serves as President.
He is married to the former Theresa Marie Blatz of Dayton, Ohio. They celebrated their 48th
wedding anniversary in January, 2014. They have eight children, Christine, Angela, Rebecca,
Jennifer, Andrew, Peter, Paul (EOW: 10/30/2010) and Elizabeth, and twenty-five grandchildren.