As part of a season long promotion, the Islanders, Cellino & Barnes and Adelphi University recognize local military personnel who have served overseas protecting America and representing all Long Islanders.
On Saturday, January 2, the Islanders, along with visiting opponent Atlanta Thrashers recognized two military personnel during the first Islanders game of 2010. First Lieutenant Mark Getman was honored during the first period of the game and twenty three year old Specialist TJ Bova was honored during the second period. Both men received standing ovations from the New York crowd for their heroic efforts.
First Lieutenant Mark Getman was enlisted into the New York Army National Guard in March 2006 as a Specialist. In September of 2007, Getman was assigned to Gulf Company, 427th Battalion Support Battery, located in Jamaica, New York. In January 2008, Getman was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and was assigned as Chaplain Staff Specialist Officer with the 258th field Artillery Battalion, 27th Brigade Combat Team. In August, Getman was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal for his public affairs work and was recognized for creating a memorial plaque dedicated to the soldiers of the Battalion lost since September 11 and during recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Specialist TJ Bova grew up a Long islander in Manhasset and joined the United States Army shortly after graduating high school in 2004. Bova was stationed in Germany from May 2005 through June 2007, when he was deployed to Iraq in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. He served a 15 month tour in combat as an Apache Crew Chief. In March 2010, Specialist Bova will be returning to Iraq to complete his second combat tour.
Both military personnel were accompanied at the game on Saturday night by respective friends and family. Joining them were Cellino and Barnes firm representatives, Ross Cellino and Stephen Barnes.
The New York Islanders appreciate the efforts put forth by these two men and all those who continue to protect us home and abroad.
Mark Getman and TJ Bova are two of 41 military personnel the team plans on honoring during the 2009-2010 season. For more information on the Welcome Home Veteran of the Game promotion presented by Cellino & Barnes and Adelphi University and the past honorees, please visit the team’s dedication page http://islanders.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=58505.