A Lifetime of Service, a Record of Success
Retired Army Reserve Colonel Stacy Garrity’s life story is grounded in hometown values and exemplified by her role as a trailblazer in business and her decorated service on the battlefields of Iraq.
“I was raised to believe in service, which is why I joined the Army Reserve and why I have always been committed to the traditions and values of the people in this region,” she says.
After graduating from Sayre High School in Bradford County, Stacy earned a degree in finance and economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and later received a certificate from the Cornell University Business Management Institute.
It was while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve that Stacy started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., formerly GTE Sylvania, a global supplier of refractory powders and specialty products.
Today, she serves as Vice President of Global Tungsten, a post from which she has advocated for the American defense industry and helped build jobs in Bradford County and beyond. Stacy also serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Hospital.
It was her service in the Army Reserve that first brought Stacy to national attention, when amid scandals about prisoner abuse at other facilities, the national media focused on her stellar performance as one of the officers in charge of an internment camp for enemy combatants in Iraq.
Iraqis dubbed her “The Angel of the Desert,” when her service at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq resulted in a perfect record. She kept the camp secure and American troops safe, and did so without a single complaint of abuse from Iraqi soldiers interned there.
“I was blessed to be part of bringing liberty and freedom to people that had never known what that was,” she says. “Throughout my military career, I worked to show that Americans are not only brave, but compassionate – qualities that stretch from the shores of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan.”
Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of America: first in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm, then in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom.
She twice won the Bronze Star for exceptional service and was awarded the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel.
In her professional life, Stacy has played key roles in promoting the economy of the 12th District. She serves on the boards of the Munitions Industrial Base Task Force, the Refractory Metals Association, and the International Tungsten Industry Association.
Stacy played a pivotal role in protecting not only American jobs but American citizens, with the creation of Section 871 in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The section prevents the importation of tungsten from adversarial nations, including Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
Thanks to Stacy’s actions, the “Don’t Buy from the Bad Guys” Act has secured Pennsylvania jobs and prevented adversaries from engaging in back-door trading with the American defense industry.
A lifelong Republican and no-apologies conservative, Stacy has pledged to stand strong for America’s military and American jobs. She is a supporter of strengthening the national borders to reduce crime and drug smuggling. And, as a lifelong conservative and Pennsylvanian, she is a strong advocate of
Second Amendment rights and is firmly pro-life.
“As a colonel in the military and as a businesswoman, I was assigned to be a problem-solver. That’s what I’ll do in Washington,” she says.
Stacy is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst at Corning Inc. Stacy worships at both the Christian Life Church and Emory Baptist Church.