Army sergeant comes home to Howard Beach


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

PHOTO BY JOANN ARIOLA

After nine long months deployed to Afghanistan, Sgt. Kristianpeter DiStefano is home in Howard Beach. His arrival back stateside Dec. 6 was delayed two hours after his airplane seat was given away, said Ellen Buonpastore, DiStefano’s mother. “He was dressed in full uniform, and they gave his seat away,” Buonpastore said. But the sergeant was […]

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SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Army man’s family remains resilient after displacement from Breezy Point home


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Thomas Sullivan

Count on an Army man to barrel through devastation and come up optimistic. Ocean waves, turned violent by Sandy, pushed a house onto Thomas Sullivan’s home last year, causing it to “twist and buckle” off its foundation until it was eventually torn down. “It was my summer house and my winter, spring and fall house,” […]

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No criminal charges to be filed in Grand Central Parkway shooting death of Army reservist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Facebook

A Queens grand jury concluded Thursday that there will be no criminal charges filed in connection to the death of Army reservist Noel Polanco who was shot by a police officer on the Grand Central Parkway last fall, said District Attorney Richard Brown. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly requested the grand jury investigation just days after […]

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Army gives preview of what’s in store for recruits


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Fort Totten hosted Army skills training for new recruits on Saturday, October 27, putting about 300 future soldiers to the test before they set off for basic training later this year. The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion of New York City also invited members of the media to attend and participate in the training exercise. The […]

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Army reserve officer, boxer fights for a cause


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

As Army Reserve Captain Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson walked toward the ring, there was probably only one thing on his mind. The middleweight pro boxer was laser-focused on his impending match against Yolexcy Leiva at Resorts World Casino New York City. During the first five rounds of the Brooklyn-born, West Point graduate’s bout against Leiva, […]

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Army pays tribute at Fort Totten to those lost


| Phertling@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo Phil Hertling

They gathered to pay tribute to those who stood — and fell — defending our freedom. Soldiers of the United States Army Reserve gathered at Fort Totten’s annual September 11 memorial on Saturday morning, September 8, to remember six first responders lost in the terror attacks. “Those of us who wear the uniform, for generations, […]

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Army: Eight Charged In Death Of Manhattan Soldier


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Army: Eight Charged In Death Of Manhattan Soldier The U.S. Army says eight of its soldiers are facing charges in connection with the death of a fellow soldier in Afghanistan. Private Danny Chen, 19, died in October. The exact cause of death has not been released. The Army has said he died of non-combat-related injuries. […]

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Army recruiting sets records


By Queens Courier Staff

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Army reached its recruiting goal in the New York City area as young men and women who are struggling to find jobs find opportunities in the military. The Army has seen the average recruit’s age and number of recruits with some college education rise in recent […]

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Crowne Plaza Hotel adopts Army Division


| smosco@queenscourier.com

A surge of holiday cheer will make its way to Afghanistan just in time for Christmas this year thanks to the employees of one Queens hotel. Employees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst have banded together to adopt the entire 389th United States Army Division, sending them everything from toiletries to jewelry, in […]

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