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Fort Hamilton on Guard Against Terrorism

by Theodore W. General

Upon entering Fort Hamilton, there was a large electronic board flashing a welcoming greeting to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. We joined reporter Heather Chin from this paper to cover the senator’s first visit to the local military base. As a member of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, it was good to hear first-hand from the senator how future defense cuts could affect the base and how she planned a strong counter-offensive to try to save New York City’s only active military installation from possible closure. Prior to the news conference at the new Armed Forces Reserve Center, she toured the base and had a round table discussion with top brass. They included Brig. Gen. Peter Deluca, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers (North Atlantic Division); Col. Michael Gould, the Fort Hamilton Garrison commander; Navy Commander Erin McAvoy, commander of the Military Entrance Processing Station; Lt. Col. Richard Davis, NYC Recruiting Battalion commander; and Lt. Col. Peter Riley, commander of New York State Empire Shield (which provides National Guard troops at the airports and major city transportation hubs.)

As the city’s only active base, Fort Hamilton plays an especially important role in preventing terrorism in the area, standing ready to provide an immediate response and support in the event of an attack. The base also gives pre-induction physicals and processes approximately 16,000 recruits from all the armed services each year.

In conjunction with the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, expect to see a larger than usual contingent of uniformed re-enactors firing muskets and cannons at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue at 25th Street, this coming Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. the annual parade to Battle Hill will be led by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Marching Band. At the top of the hill, at the Altar of Liberty where the bronze statue of Minerva faces Lady Liberty in New York Harbor, there will be exercises by the Battle of Brooklyn Memorial Society, emceed by Chairman Eric Kramer.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Society of Old Brooklynites will hold its 103rd annual commemoration and memorial tribute to America’s first POWs, the Prison Ship Martyrs from the American Revolution. The event takes place on solemn ground, at the base of the towering 148-foot-tall Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Edwin Burrows, a history professor from Brooklyn College and the author of “The Forgotten Patriots.”

The Greater New York Statue of Liberty Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army held its annual meeting inside the new multimillion-dollar Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Hamilton. The organization represents thousands of active Army, National Guard, Army Reservists, veterans, NY State Guard, cadets, government civilians, family members and concerned citizens. Guest speakers for the occasion were Dan McNally, a retired NYPD officer who was at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and later served on the NYPD’s Joint Task Force on Terrorism; and Fort Hamilton’s new recruiting commander, Richard Davis. After the meeting, the attendees were taken on a tour of the new three-story Armed Forces Reserve Center by Bill Hensill, the garrison safety officer. AUSA chapter officers include Lt. Col. Joseph Schroder, president; Brig. Gen. Arnold Albert, 1st vice president; Col. Donald Ferguson, 2nd vice president; Col. Dominic Morelli, executive director; and Lt. Col. Robert Farkas, treasurer. Also participating was Col. Michael King, a Bay Ridge attorney who is the current Downstate Davison president. Rev. Edward Kane from Holy Family Church, the chapter’s chaplain and a retired colonel, gave the invocation.

One of Walgreens’ Wellness Tour mobile heath screening buses spent a day in Bay Ridge at the chain’s outlet at Third Avenue and 94th Street. Local residents had the opportunity to get free testing of their cholesterol and glucose levels, blood pressure, body mass index and bone density, with instant results printed on a receipt-like tape. As a public service, Walgreens, in partnership with AARP and the National Urban League, maintains a fleet of mobile testing buses which criss-cross the country offering free health screenings worth about $140. The aim of the program is early detection, as well as helping to improve heath and the quality of life. Participants also received a heavy-duty shopping bag and an AARP Personal Medication Record pouch. We went through the testing cycle in about 10 minutes and found our vitals were fine, but we continue to face the challenge of losing weight!

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Original article appeared in the Home Reporter News. Re-posted with permission.

2010 DSA Post Event Update

A photo album marking the 41st Honorable Walter P. Kaye Distinguished Service Award Banquet featuring keynote speaker and honoree, Mr. Geraldo Rivera, is now available in our photo archives. Please click on the picture below to view it. The event, held on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the 3 West Club, NYC, was complete success!

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2010, Corporate Reception

AUSA Statue of Liberty Chapter Honors Its Corporate Sponsors

Distinguished Guests and Chapter Members Attend the Annual Corporate Recognition Dinner to Show Appreciation to the Chapter’s Corporate Members’ Support of Soldiers.
by Diane Dady, Asst VP, Corporate Membership

Members of The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Greater New York-Statue of Liberty Chapter were on hand to honor, recognize and support the Chapter’s Corporate Sponsors at the Annual Corporate Appreciation & Recognition Reception on October 21st, 2010. The event was held at the Mutual of America Building in New York, NY. Chapter President, LTC Joe Schroder, together with Chapter Past President and Corporate Sponsor COL Dominic Morelli of Capacity Benefits Group, Inc., and Bob Vormittag, AUSA Liberty Chapter Vice President of Corporate Affairs, of Corporate Sponsor Vormittag Associates, Inc., were emcees for the ceremony, which was hosted by 17-year Corporate Member, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, for the seventh straight year.

Fordham ROTC Performing the Colors
during the opening ceremony
Distinguished guests and members of the
AUSA Greater-NY Statue of Liberty Chapter

The reception featured guest speaker, Judge Rear Admiral John G. Ingram, who presented a powerpoint and discussion about the New York Naval Militia (NYNM). The NYNM complements the Army and Air National Guard Programs, as well as the State Guard program. The Naval Militia is a component of the New York Sate Division of Military and Naval Affairs. It carries out community service missions and addresses other needs of the State as directed by the Governor. Additionally, the NYNM provides unique skills to support National Guard and Port Security Operations, law enforcement and Homeland Security, and also provides assistance with natural and man-made disasters, technological disasters and civil emergencies.

Rear Admiral John G. Ingram
COL Dominic Morelli, Raymond Winckowski,
Bob Vormittag, LTC Joe Schroder

SGT Louis Licalzi lent his stunning voice to open the program with “The Star Spangled Banner” and closed the night with a stirring rendition of “God Bless America.” LTC Schroder presented Mr. Justin O’Conner, VP of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, with a special gift in honor and appreciation of the company’s seven years of support as host of the annual event. LTC Schroder also presented Rear Admiral Ingram with a gift of appreciation for his keynote speech and presentation.

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SGT Louis Licalzi Justin O’Connor, LTC Joe Schroder

The Corporate Dinner and Recognition Reception is held each year to thank the Chapter Corporate Members for their support and to encourage new sponsorship. The Chapter Members are employee organizations, local businesses, local community groups, veteran’s organizations, and small, midsize and large corporations working together to help promote the theme, “Army Strong!” Businesses and the military community come together through local chapters like the Statue of Liberty Chapter to help the Soldiers and their families.

Corporate Members honored at the event included; American Defense Systems, Inc., Apex Mills Corp., Capacity Benefits Group, Inc., Command Security Corp., Cuneo-Leider Management Corp., Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, Old Guard of the City of New York, Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ & Airmen’s Club, Inc., Veteran Corps of Artillery, and Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI).

COL Dominic Morelli, Justin O’Connor,
Bob Vormittag, LTC Joe Schroder
LTC Joe Schroder, 
Judge Rear Admiral John Ingram

The Chapter wishes to thank Father COL Edward Kane for performing the opening invocation, and the Fordham ROTC for performing the colors and assisting the attendees during the evening. The Chapter would also like to acknowledge the following Past Presidents of The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Greater New York-Statue of Liberty Chapter in attendance; Immediate Past President LTC Joe Reale, COL Dominic Morelli, MG Robert Rose, and MG George Barker.

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