First Posted: 5/23/2013
Ron Gitkos, current Post Commander of the West Pittston American Legion/1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Post #542, along with Ron Faust, Post Officer, are honored to announce the annual West Pittston/Exeter Memorial Day parade to be held tomorrow beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Jenkins Harding Cemetery on the corner of Linden Street and Wyoming Avenue.
The parade will end at St. Cecilia’s Church, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. A brief ceremony will be held at the church parking lot at the conclusion of the parade.
Gitkos encourages all West Pittston/Exeter residents as well as all residents along the parade route to display their American flag proudly. “It’s a way of showing all veterans the respect they deserve,” added Gitkos.
American Legions in West Pittston and Exeter where Jack Brogan is the Post Commander and Maxwell Marcus is the Post Officer organize the parade annually.
Every year at the conclusion of the parade, residents are invited to listen to a featured speaker. This year, CDR Albert C. Seeman will be the guest speaker.
CDR Albert Seeman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer.
His initial assignment was as the Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Crommelin FFG-37 in Pearl Harbor, HI. While onboard Crommelin, he completed deployments to the 5th Fleet AOR, enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolutions and to the Eastern Pacific in support of counter narcotic operations for Joint Interagency Task Force West- He was then transferred to Coronado, CA where he served as the Executive Officer in USS Monsoon PC-4 and was deployed twice supporting Special Operations in the Southcom AOR.
CDR Seeman graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in 2004 with a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2005. He also completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME-l) while in Monterey. CA.
CDR Seeman’s Department Head tours included a tour as the Chief Engineer in USS Kauffmann FFG-59 and a tour as the operations officer (N3) in Destroyer Squadron Two Eight in Norfolk, VA. He was again deployed twice to the 5th Fleet AOR in support of the Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Following his Department Head tours, CDR Seeman completed an Individual Augmentee tour to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba supporting the Office for the Administration and Review of Detainees and Enemy combatants (OARDEC) as a lead Case Research Officer Combatant Status Review Tribunal Recorder. In February 2009, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the OPNAV Deputy Chief Information officer, under the Director of Navy Staff (DNS4) is currently serving as the Commanding Officer’ Navy Operational Support Center Avoca, Pennsylvania.
CDR Seeman’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service (5 awards), Rifle Expert Marksman, Pistol Expert Marksman. and various other unit commendations and medals.
He is married to the former Erica Leigh Mugglebee, of Diamond Bar, California and has two children, John Tyler and Katherine Brielle, who reside in Montclair, Virginia.