New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Robert Giordano of Rexford, an Iraq War veteran, received a New York State Long and Faithful Service Award upon retirement from the National Guard after 34 years of service.

Giordano served as an anti-terrorism and force protection officer for the New York National Guard.

He joined the New York Army National Guard in 1983 and served while attending college as a Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet. In 1988 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

During his career, Giordano has served in a number of positions including mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, company commander, public affairs officer, battalion operations officer, battalion commander, and provost officer for the 42nd Infantry Division.

Giordano deployed to Tikrit, Iraq with the 42nd Infantry Division in 2005 and served as a public affairs officer. He also was part of the New York National Guard response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and participated in numerous emergency response missions in support of state and local governments. He deployed to the Southwest Border in 2006 as part of a New York National Guard task force mobilized to increase border security and also deployed to Egypt in 2007 to participate in joint U.S.-Egyptian Bright Star exercises.




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