Today we stop and say thank you to all who have served and currently serve our country. Many of our employees are former members of the military, and many have military members in their family. It’s just a little something to show our gratitude for all that they have done for this country.
With that we say Happy Veterans Day.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” —Elmer Davis
Rossano Martino – Safety Manager
United States Marine Corps
Deb Maldonado – Route Supervisor, Chester
E-8 Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Santiago Altamirano – Safety Administrator
Seaman AO, US Navy
-US Navy (2000 – 2005)
-Seaman AO (aviation ordnance)
-Electric Attack Squadron (VAQ-130)
-Carrier Air Wing 3
-Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Oak Harbor, Washington but deploy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in North Folk, VA
William F. Callahan III. US Army – Father of Bill Callahan, Operations Manager Bronx
William is a former Action employee, who retired from the company a few years ago. He volunteered for the draft during Vietnam and then volunteered to go overseas during the war. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles.
Giovanni DiMarco – Father of Anna Willekes, Customer Service Rep
Giovanni was drafted in 1967 and served in South Korea in 1968-1969 during the Cold War. His title was a Corporate Specialist 4. He worked on guard duty on the missile site.
SGT MARTIN GALVEZ JR. – Brother of Jennifer Perez, Customer Service Rep
Martin enlisted in the US Marine Corps in October 1997. He then completed his 3 months of boot camp in Parish Island, South Carolina. He did 2 tours of combined arms exercise (CAX). He completed cold weather training in Nova Scott, Canada with Landing Support BN (on war simulation & training) in Norway.
Martin did 11 jumps (AIRBORNE- OUT OF AIRPLANES) In FT. Benning. He later became a marksmanship instructor. He was then deployed to Kosovo and stationed in the US southern Command in 2002. He finished his service in 2003.
Jorge Santos – Brother of Sandra Santos, Accounts Receivable
“I’d like to thank all the Veterans out there, past or present. I am not only proud but honored to send out a big special thank you to my personal hero, best friend and brother Jorge Santos. He served in the Army in 1998 – 2002. It was the longest 4 years for both of us (in many different ways) but it made both of us stronger and we have never been as close as we are.”
Family members of Crystal Martinez, Operations Support, Bronx
David Martinez and wife Cindy Martinez, US Marine Corps
Cindy has an amazing and inspirational story, where she was tragically diagnosed with a flesh-eating bacteria. At age 35 years she had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow, and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm — or face almost-certain death.
Read her full story here!
“My cousin served in Ar Ramadi Iraq in 2005.”
Family members of Mimi Hughes, Operations Support, Bronx
“My cousin and his kids and 2nd cousin.”
Family members of Yamayra Alvarez, Operations Support, Brooklyn
Raymond Manzo, US Marine Corps – Uncle of Gretchen Klein, Customer Service Rep
“Thank you to my Uncle Raymond Manzo, 1st Marine Division, 7th Engineers, Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon Da Nang, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam- 1/3/1969- 9/4/1969.”
Founding father of Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc
“Rolling Thunder began as a demonstration following the era of the Vietnam War, which was a difficult time in our history. Many of America’s military were killed or missing in action (MIA) and their remains were not being returned home or respectfully buried. There were also reports of live prisoners of war (POW) who were left behind when the war ended. In 1987, Vietnam veteran Ray Manzo, bothered by these accounts, came to DC with his idea and enlisted the help of fellow veterans Holland, Sides, and Sampley, to organize a motorcycle demonstration to bring attention to the POW/MIA situation. Choosing Memorial Day weekend for the event, they envisioned the arrival of the motorcycles coming across the Memorial Bridge, and thought it would sound like “Rolling Thunder”. The first Run in 1988, had roughly 2500 motorcycles and riders demanding that the U.S. government account for all POW/MIA’s; it continues to grow every year, becoming the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event. Now with over a million riders and spectators combined, Rolling Thunder has evolved into an emotional display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.”
Jeffrey Strickland Jr, MSgt. USAF NG NYANG – Son of Myrna Strickland, Customer Service
“I am very proud of him despite the very dangerous job he has. Prior to this job he worked in the Administrative Offices of AFNG Head Quarters in Latham, NY, as Staff Sergeant for 3 years and moved up as one of the youngest Master Sergeant’s. He recently relocated to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY as a Civil Support Team.”
24th Civil Support Team (CST) NYC
A Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST or CST) advises civilian responders in the event of a suspected weapon of mass destruction attack.
The mission of the WMD-CST is to support civil authorities at the direction of the Governor, at domestic CBRN incident sites by identifying CBRN agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with requests for additional support. In the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, Congress expanded the operational incidents a WMD-CST could be used to include the intentional or unintentional release of CBRN and natural or man-made disasters in the United States that result, or could result, in the catastrophic loss of life or property
The WMD-CSTs are National Guard units designed to provide a specialized capability to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident, which The certified WMD-CSTs provide unique capabilities, expertise, and technologies to assist the governors in preparing for and responding to a CBRN situation. These WMD-CSTs are available 24 hours a day,
Family Members of Colleen Downs, HR
Michael Fitzgerald- Colleen’s future brother-in-law
Mike graduated from West Point in 2012 and commissioned in the United States Army as an Armor officer. He was deployed to Qatar for nine months in 2014 as a cavalry platoon leader. Mike was recently promoted to Captain and is currently serving at Ft. Benning, Georgia and attending the “Maneuver Captain Career Course”.
Timothy Downes- Colleen’s cousin
Tim enlisted into United States Army summer of 2016. He is currently training at boot camp in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. After graduating boot camp, he is transferring to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri where he will train as a Motor Transport Operator (also known as 88M).
Captain Martine Mastriani- Daughter of Sal Mastriani, Director of Risk Management
Martine is currently stationed at Fort Hood Texas
Ed Brown United Sates Navy – Brother of Barbara Grapin, Operations Controller NJ
“My brother joined the navy back in 1967. He served in the Navy for 28 years and never was on a ship, he was a radio man on various airplanes. He served in the Vietnam war and the Israeli 7 day war.
Thanks for remembering our Veterans!”
Ralph Deflaviis, US Navy – Grandfather of Vincenzo Sorriso, NY Sales
“He’s 95 and still kicking! He came to this country when he was 15 yrs old. Joined the Navy in 1943 and fought in WWII. They landed in Italy first, then they hit the beaches in southern France. After fighting and taking over France he was sent back to the USA. Went to Villanova and geaorgetown after that.”