The inaugural “Our Community Salutes” celebration held on Thursday, May 14 at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue was a smashing success as the William Floyd School District had the honor of recognizing 20 graduating students and their families from five Brookhaven Town school high schools – William Floyd, Patchogue-Medford, Bellport, Center Moriches and Longwood – for their commitment to join the armed forces after graduation.
Guest speakers for the evening included New York State Senator (3rd District) and U.S. Navy Commander (Reserves) Tom Croci and U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones (the ninth person to achieve this rank and the first woman).
The Our Community Salutes Brookhaven Town Chapter also had the opportunity to present Commander Jay Tweed (USN/RET.), the General Colin L. Powell Service Award in recognition for his outstanding service and commitment to students who enlist in the military after graduation. Commander Tweed, along with Senior Chief Dwight Becherer, are the Naval Science Instructors for the William Floyd NJROTC.
Congratulations to all the students and their families and the William Floyd School District thanks them for their service.
The four William Floyd students recognized were Samuel Cognet and Alyssa Spinelli who will be joining the United States Army; and Moses Goetschius and Alexander Hughes, who will serve in the United States Marine Corps.
Members of the Our Community Salutes Brookhaven Town Chapter Committee include:
Robert Vecchio, Co-Chair, President of the William Floyd Board of Education
Jill Gross, Co-Chair
Beth Wahl, President of the William Floyd Community Summit, Committee Member
Barbara Butler, William Floyd High School Principal, Committee Member
Jay M. Tweed, CDR/USN (Ret.), Committee Member
Robert Guerriero, William Floyd Board of Education Trustee, Committee Member
Christine Rignola, VP of the Patchogue-Medford Board of Education, Committee Member
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