Commodore Gus Formato resides on the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware. He served most recently as Vice National Commodore before assuming the office of National Commodore.
Commodore Formato has been recognized with the Auxiliary Legion of Merit, Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal (2), Auxiliary Medal of Operational Merit, Auxiliary Commendation Medal (2), Auxiliary Achievement Medal, Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation, Sustained Service Award with Silver Hourglass, Presidential Unit Citation, DHS Outstanding Unit Award, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation (15), Auxiliary Operations Service Award (8), Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award and RBS Device Award.
He earned his AUXOP certification and Boat Crew Coxswain certification in 2007, becoming a Qualification Examiner in 2010, and until recently served many years as the State Liaison Officer and Legislative Liaison Officer for the State of New Jersey.
Commodore Formato is on staff at the Essex County College Police Academy and has recently retired from a 38 year career in law enforcement. In addition, before his retirement, Commodore Formato served as a member of the New Jersey State PBA Critical Incident Stress Management Team and served with distinction at Ground Zero, Manhattan from September 12, 2001 to March 2002.
He is a member of B.P.O.E Elks Lodge # 2401 as well as the North Jersey Council of the United States Navy League.
When not serving with the Auxiliary, he enjoys reading military history, especially historical books about the Second World War. He’s also been known to binge watch his favorite TV series when time permits and is currently learning to play golf.