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Bayside students thank soldiers from home


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan

Three soldiers from Queens and Long Island got a hero’s welcome Monday when they paid a visit to a Bayside school.

Students from P.S. 130 welcomed the trio of military men on November 25 with armfuls of letters and a homemade flag with each child’s handprint, thanking them for their service.

Working with a nonprofit, volunteer corporation called Operation Gratitude, the youngsters wrote 150 letters and collected 126 pounds of candy and 150 toothbrushes to be sent to deployed military men and women.

This is the third year the school has helped the initiative.

“It means a great deal to me and other soldiers, serving overseas,” said Master Sgt. Robert Frame, one of three guests. “There are very tough times in combat, and it’s easy to kind of get lost in the challenges and rigors of war. When you receive letters from all these kids, from schools back home, it really lets you know what it is you’re fighting for.”

Frame, 33 of Albertson, Long Island has been in the Army for 15 years, having served two tours in Iraq. He is in charge of cadet operations at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.

Frame fielded question after question from the curious bunch. Then two Queens Navy recruiters — Rocky Ramdyal and Wubin Emerson Liao — showed their captivated audience a life vest that inflates upon impact.

Ramdyal, an aviation electronics technician, is entering his 16th year with the Navy. The Woodhaven native, last stationed in Hawaii, became a recruiter in downtown Flushing last year.

Liao of Elmhurst, also a recruiter, is a logistics specialist, serving nearly six years with the Navy. He did a four-year tour of duty in Japan before returning home.

“Getting letters from students means a lot more than getting letters from your parents, who know what you’re doing,” Ramdyal said. “When you’re in a war zone area, when you see that letter saying, ‘thank you,’ it means a lot because it’s like our job isn’t going unnoticed.”

 

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Fort Totten under new leadership


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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.