New recruits sworn in at Veterans’ Service Agency

Pictured (l to r) are Jacob Rippel, Matthew Guido, Erik Doty and Angela Marin. Performing the swearing-in was Captain Matthew Sims, Company Commander for the Bear Mountain Recruiting Company. Photo by David Lee

GREENPORT–On Tuesday, July 6, the Day Room of the Columbia County Veterans’ Service Agency at 389 Fairview Avenue was the scene of the induction of four new high school graduates into the ranks of the United States Army.
Attending the ceremony, in addition to the recruits and their families were First Sergeant Daniel Carmack of the Bear Mountain Recruiting Company; Sergeant First Class Gregory Leavitt, the Station Commander for the Hudson Army Recruiting Office which encompasses Columbia and Greene counties; and Captain Matthew Sims, Company Commander for the Bear Mountain Recruiting Company which has seven stations in a district extending from Hudson down to Spring Valley.
The four new recruits were Erik Doty, Matthew Guido, Angela Marin and Jacob Rippel. Mr. Doty graduated from Taconic Hills Central School. His basic training assignment was yet to be determined, but his job would be in the specialty of intelligence. Mr. Guido is an Ichabod Crane graduate from Valatie. He will perform his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and specialize in Human Resources.
Ms. Marin is a Taconic Hills graduate. She was scheduled to leave for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri on July 7. Her specialty will be wheeled vehicle mechanics. Chatham graduate Mr. Rippel signed up for the infantry. He will go to Fort Benning in Georgia for basic training on July 19.
In addition to the formal induction ceremony, two of the new recruits, Mr. Rippel and Mr. Guido were recognized for the Army coursework they had already completed with promotions to Private Second Class.
Also in attendance to provide certificates and her words of appreciation and encouragement was New York State Senator Daphne Jordan (R-43). Senator Jordan said that these recruits should be recognized in the same way that the star athletes in their graduating classes are celebrated when they sign up to play on college sports teams.

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