Rep. Kathy Hochul to Attend Ceremonies Honoring Alumni Military Veterans on Veterans Day

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Will Induct Two Alumni into Daemen Veterans Hall of Fame on November 11

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Daemen Will Also Offer a Veterans Day Breakfast

 

November 8, 2011

 

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Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                716.839.8472

                mandrei@daemen.edu

 

                Patrick W. Welch, PhD

                Sgt USMC (Ret)  / VAVE

                Director-The Center for Veterans &

                Veteran Family Services

                Daemen College

                716.566.7855

                Mobile: 716.544.4318

                patrick.welch@daemen.edu

 

The Center for Veterans & Veteran Family Services at Daemen College will honor two alumni with induction into the Daemen College Veterans Hall of Fame. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will be attending the Veterans Day event and will present the two inductees into the Daemen Hall. The inductions will be held 8:30 a.m., Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2011, on the first floor in the Daemen Business Building on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst.

 

The inductions will take place during a breakfast the College will be holding on Veterans Day from 8:00-9:30 a.m., also on the first floor in the Daemen Business Building. Both events are free and open to members of the veterans community and their families. An RSVP is requested to: Patrick Welch, PhD, SGT. USMC (Ret.), Director, the Daemen College Center for Veterans & Veteran Family Services, (716) 566-7855, or e-mail,  patrick.welch@daemen.edu .

 

Lt. Col Patrick E. Perretta and Major Kevin Joseph Klostermann are graduates of the Daemen Class of 2001, and have served multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The veterans continue to serve in the Air Force and Marine Corps Reserves.

 

Lt. Col Patrick E. Perretta is the Director of Operations the 914 AES, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. Lt. Col Perretta began his career with a direct commission as an Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Nurse with the 109th AW Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY, in 1991.  From 1991 to 2007 he served as the officer in charge of the medical logistics section, mobility section, and finally before transferring to the Air Force Reserves, was selected as the 139th AES Medical Readiness Officer.  Lt. Col Perretta transferred to the 914 AW in October, 2007, and was appointed as the 914 AES Medical Readiness Officer. 

 

From March to July 2011, he was appointed as the 914 AES Interim Commander.  Lt. Col Perretta is currently is the 914 AES Full time ART Nurse and Director of Operations.  Lt. Col Perretta is a seasoned combat veteran with multiple overseas deployments. The many commendations and battlefield honors he has received include Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Aerial Achievement Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with five oak leaf cluster; Air Force Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

 

Lt. Col Peretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (2001) from Daemen College. He also holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2007) also from Daemen. Lt. Col Peretta received a Bachelor Science Nursing (1994) from Nazareth College. 

 

Major Kevin Joseph Klostermann served with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, in Al Anbar, Iraq (March 2005-Sept 2005). From June 2010-March 2011, he served active combat duty 1st Marine Division (Special Staff) Governance and Development Officer Civil Military Operations, Helmand, Afghanistan.

 

Major Klostermann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies (Cum Laude) from Daemen College. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Rochester (1995).

 

Major Klostermann has been honored with  a long list of military awards and ribbons, some of which include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal-Helmand Province, Afghanistan; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement  Medal- Al Anbar Province, Iraq; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement  Medal (with Combat “V”)- Al Anbar Province, Iraq; Combat Action Ribbon-Al Anbar Province, Iraq; SMCR Medal (6X-1 silver and bronze device); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (bronze device); and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

 

Since 2001, Major Klostermann has been employed as a Physician Assistant with Exigence-Emergency Medicine, and brain/spine neurosurgery (2011-present). Other employment prior to this included Joint Reconstruction Orthopaedics (2003-2011); Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and Buffalo Medical Group (2001-2004).

 

Major Klostermann and his wife, Tracie, are residents of Lancaster. They have two children, Ben, 8, and Karah, 6.

 

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