Fort Totten under new leadership

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The New York City Queens Recruiting Company at Fort Totten is under new leadership.

Major Brooke Brown relinquished command of the army recruiting company to Captain Michael Gallucci in a ceremony on June 7 at the army facility, marking the end of her two-year tenure.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to tell my Army story back home in New York,” said incoming commander Gallucci, who is a native of Long Island.

Gallucci has a bachelor’s degree in management technology from SUNY Farmingdale and has completed assignments as a Battalion Chemical Officer in Korea, a Transportation Platoon Leader and Unit Movement Officer in North Carolina, and an Arrival Departure Airfield Control Group Officer in Afghanistan.

Gallucci, 30, departed from his latest duty as the Commander of Tango Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, in Fort Lee, Virginia, to head Fort Totten.

The new commander is a decorated officer with various awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

The ceremony was observed by members of the recruiting center and Gallucci’s family, and the outgoing commander had nothing but praise for her successor.

“He’s motivated and excited. He’s going to do great,” Brown said.

Brown will remain in the city, moving to the recruiting battalion at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, until December.

She plans to seek higher education in January, at an institution yet to be determined, to study System Engineering Managing Process.

“It’s exciting to move on to something new, but it’s sad to leave something when you feel there’s more to accomplish,” she said.