Malliotakis Brings Together Soldiers and Seniors In Celebration of the U.S. Army’s 237th Birthday

Assemblywoman and soldiers joined senior volunteers at RSVP/SERVE breakfast
June 15, 2012
Assemblywoman Malliotakis (center) presents a citation in honor of the Army’s 237th Birthday to (left to right) SSG Williams, SPC Helms, COL Gould, SFC Dahl, SSG Cha, and SGT Fleming.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-East Shore) was accompanied by a contingent of soldiers at today’s 46th Annual Tribute Day Volunteer Recognition Breakfast hosted by RSVP/SERVE. Assemblywoman Malliotakis presented a citation in honor of the U.S. Army’s 237th Birthday to Colonel Michael Gould, commanding officer of Fort Hamilton. The Army contingent also included Sergeant First Class Michael Dahl, Staff Sergeant Min Cha, Staff Sergeant Jennifer Williams, Sergeant Sean Fleming, and Specialist Irina Helms, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum in upstate New York. The group recently returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

The event coincided with “Army Birthday Week”, celebrating 237 years since the United States Army was established. Fort Hamilton, as the U.S. Army’s lone presence in New York City, has arranged for soldiers to visit community events throughout the five boroughs in accordance with this week’s theme of honoring “the Soldiers, Family Members, Civilians, and Community Members who make our Army the Strength of the Nation.”

“It was a sincere privilege to be accompanied by some of our nation’s bravest at today’s breakfast. It was a unique occasion to simultaneously recognize the dedication to service of our senior volunteers, as well as the members of our armed forces,” said Malliotakis. “As a patriot and someone with a passion for our community’s senior citizens, it was truly a wonderful morning.”

“On behalf of the Army and Fort Hamilton, I’m very grateful to Assemblywoman Malliotakis and RSVP/SERVE for welcoming us on the Army’s birthday. It’s always nice to know that the people of New York appreciate the Army’s presence in our city,” said Colonel Gould.

Assemblywoman Malliotakis is currently joining Staten Island Project Homefront in a drive to restock the organization’s shelves for a packing day in late July. Items can be donated at her district office at 11 Maplewood Place on Staten Island. For more information call (718) 987-0197.