• Upon completion of the Oath of Enlistment, Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, gives each military enlistee a challenge coin to commemorate their enlistment into the military during a recognition ceremony May 18 in Little Falls, N.Y.  A challenge coin is a small coin, bearing an organization's emblem or motto.

    Challenge Coin

    Upon completion of the Oath of Enlistment, Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, gives each military enlistee a challenge coin to commemorate their enlistment into the military during a recognition ceremony May 18 in...

  • Young Marine enlistees march into the tent to be honored in the first annual "Our Community Salutes of Central New York," May 18, also known as Armed Forces Day, at the Historic General Nicholas Herkimer's home in Little Falls, N.Y.

    Marine enlistees

    Young Marine enlistees march into the tent to be honored in the first annual "Our Community Salutes of Central New York," May 18, also known as Armed Forces Day, at the Historic General Nicholas Herkimer's home in Little Falls, N.Y.

  • Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command and Lynn Kent, event coordinator for "Our Community Salutes of Central New York" walk side by side along with committee members for the first annual OCSCNY High School Enlistee Military Recognition Ceremony, May 18 in Little Falls, N.Y.  Local American legions, veteran groups, small businesses, other community groups and family and friends of the surrounding counties came to support and recognize local young men and women entering the military.

    Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon and Our Community Salutes of Central New York

    Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command and Lynn Kent, event coordinator for "Our Community Salutes of Central New York" walk side by side along with committee members for the first annual OCSCNY High School Enlistee...

  • Commander Robert Piper, USN, (Ret.), a senior naval science instructor, receives an award from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, on behalf of the "Our Community Salutes of Central New York" committee, May 18 at the historic General Herkimer Home in Little, Falls, N.Y.  Piper's efforts on making sure high school students were guided in the right direction for their upcoming military career were deeply admired and recognized by the committee.

    Award

    Commander Robert Piper, USN, (Ret.), a senior naval science instructor, receives an award from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, on behalf of the "Our Community Salutes of Central New York" committee, May 18 at the...

  • High School Students from Central New York raise their right hand as Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, reads the Oath of Enlistment entry into the Armed Forces. May 18 in Little Falls, N.Y. Roughly about 76 enlistees were honored on Saturday in the inaugural event called "Our Community Salutes of Central New York." OCSCNY is an organization that supports young men and women choosing the military as a career path.

    Army Enlistment

    High School Students from Central New York raise their right hand as Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command, reads the Oath of Enlistment entry into the Armed Forces. May 18 in Little Falls, N.Y. Roughly about 76...

Little Falls, New York - Deep in Central New York roughly 70 newly enlistees were honored and sworn into the military on Armed Forces Day, at the historic General Nicholas Herkimer's Home, by Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commander of 377th Theater Sustainment Command.
Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States' armed forces.
Marching confidently down the aisle as loved ones took photos and video, these enlistees' faces said it all, the anticipation of a new chapter of their lives waiting to transpire in a couple of weeks. The majority of these new enlistees will start their military career right after their high school graduation.
For most of these newly military newcomers, it's a family tradition to serve in the Armed Forces.
"I'm ready to start this new journey of my life. It is a family tradition to serve my country," said Nicholas Ciccarelli, 17, of Herkimer, N.Y., whose step-father is currently serving.
Ciccarelli, who leaves for basic training in August, said he joined for college tuition benefits and to serve his country full time.
None of this recognition would have happened without the support of "Our Community Salutes of Central New York," (OCSCNY), a community-based organization that recognizes and supports local young men and women, who have decided to volunteer into the Armed Forces.
Numerous dignitaries attended and spoke at the event, including New York Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, local American Legions, Central New York small businesses and keynote speakers Maj. Gen. Lennon and Command Sgt. Maj. Nagee H. Lunde.
Lennon opened his speech on the importance of family and their support on these young men's and women's decision to join the military.
"Today is to recognize every Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, Coast Guard, and Marine and their family members. The strength of the Army, the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Marines is in that family. It makes us who we are," he said.
He also stressed the newcomers on seizing the opportunities that every branch of the military will be offering to them and on the expectations and changes each one of them will encounter in the next upcoming months.
"You will come back different and stronger than ever. You are going to be a great source of pride, not only your family but to the country. You will be part of an adventure, of a great culture, nonetheless you will be part of what makes this Nation so strong," he said.
As the honorees rose up to be sworn in, many stood up proudly with their heads held high ready to start their mission.
"Maj. Gen. Lennon's passionate speech motivated me even more to follow the footsteps of my family's military history. I'm going to be part of a great organization and I'm proud of that- can't wait," said Alexander Plamondon, 17, a U.S. Army Reserve enlistee from Cassville, N.Y.
After the official swearing, all honorees received a challenge coin to commemorate their enlistment into the military.
"It is important to recognize and support these special local young men and women since they made the decision to join and keep our country safe," said OCSCNY event coordinator Lynn Kent of Edmeston, N.Y.
Kent said she heard about OCS through enlistment ceremonies and decided to dedicate her time along with other local volunteers to support these high school students' decision.
Since August of 2012, Lynn and other OCSCNY volunteers have spent countless hours reaching out to local recruiters and coordinating OCSCNY's first annual event at the historic General Nicholas Herkimer's home, a local Revolutionary Hero who helped end the siege of Fort Schulyer from the British.
As the newly military newcomers went back to their families and friends, many showed a sense of pride and self-assurance of their decision.
"I'm ready to challenge and push myself even harder. I want to prove there more to me than my gender," said Trisha Ann Lampson, an Army enlistee from Canastota, N.Y.
Lampson, 18, decided to join the Army because of her father. She leaves in June for basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. Once basic training is completed, she will start her military profession as a medical laboratory specialist at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
"I am very thrilled yet nervous," said Lampson but overall she said she feels confident knowing she has the loving support from her father and the community.

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