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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1959473

A Proven Leader

Memorial Day 2022 is fast approaching and, as is usually the custom, many politicians will give speeches and send press releases containing the phrase “Thank you for your service.”

Acknowledging a veteran for his or her service to our country and expressing gratitude might seem like a no-brainer, but behind this phrase is the fact that their sacrifice, through the years, has made it possible for all of us to live in this great country.

It is in this spirit that I would like to introduce Jackie Gordon (U.S. Army, Ret.), candidate for the U.S. Congress from the 1st Congressional District of New York.

Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and immigrated to the United States with her parents at age 7. While in college, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and began a 29-year career, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Jackie served as a platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm and as an operations office at Guantanamo Bay in the global war on terror.

Being in the Reserve, Jackie was called up several additional times: as a battle captain in Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq, and then as the commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan.

Following Jackie’s example of service, her daughter now serves as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Concurrent to her military service, Jackie has spent over three decades working in New York Public Schools and has earned degrees in education from Hunter College and Queens College. Additionally, in 2006, Jackie began her third career in community service when she was elected to the Babylon Town Council. For 12 years, Jackie served on the Town Council, where she chaired the Veterans Advisory Council. Jackie help raised $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project through the Annual Soldiers Ride in Babylon.

Jackie Gordon is a veteran, an educator, a public servant and a proven community leader who once more is stepping up to serve us in the U.S. Congress.

Stephen Ring

Hampton Bays