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Barry Donadio Recognized for Long & Faithful Service To New York Military Forces

SSgt Barry Donadio 106th Security Police at an undisclosed location September 2000

On May 29th, 2023 (Memorial Day), Staff Sergeant Barry Donadio was recognized by the state of New York for his long and faithful service in the military forces of New York. The Adjutant General of New York Major General Raymond F. Shields Jr. authorized certificate that was accompanied by an official military ribbon and medal.

Barry Donadio is a home grown New Yorker from Long Island. He was born in Bay Shore, grew up in Oakdale and lived in Port Jefferson Station as a teenager. After attending Comsewogue high school, he served in various patriotic positions through out his career.

Those positions included serving in the N.Y. Army National Guard 42nd Infantry Division Scout Platoon located in Patchogue N.Y.. He then served in the 340th Military Police in Jamaica, Queens. After that, he served at the 106th Security Police in Westhampton Beach, NY.. He led the Emergency Services Team there and was Sniper certified by the FBI and the Suffolk County Police.

Later, he took a position United States Secret Service at the White House. He made a name for himself while serving on the Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) as one of the top marksman while he protected President Bush and President Obama on a daily basis.

Donadio qualified under the standards and criteria’s for obtaining New York’s Long & Faithful Service Medal for 10 years of service.

Upon receiving his newly issued medal, Donadio stated;

I would like to thank The Adjutant General of New York Major General Raymond F. Shields Jr. and the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs for recognizing my honorable military service and awarding me the Long & Faithful medal.”

“Receiving this medal has become a positive event marking my unwavering service to my people, my state and my country.”

“I have said this before and I will say it again; Although my military career has come to a close, I will always serve the people of New York in various positive ways and protect our country.”

It is noteworthy that Donadio is a descendant of the original settlers of New Amsterdam (today’s New York) through his fraternal grandmother. Because of this reason, getting this medal from his home state of New York deeply touches him.

Donadio’s newly awarded medal will most likely be the final medal that the military and the state of New York will issue him after he completed his military service in 2002.

On June 24th 2017, Donadio was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. The medal was awarded 17 years after Donadio completed his military service. Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland presented the medal to Donadio in person.

On March 30th 2022, Donadio was awarded a second medal 20 years after his military service. He received the New York State Medal For Merit from New York’s Adjutant General of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

Donadio will add to his credentials the newly awarded Long & Faithful Service Medal, with his already existing, Conspicuous Service Star, Medal For Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, and four honorable discharges to name a few.

Since completing his military service and government service, Donadio has moved to Maryland and stayed active as an advocate for other veterans. He is a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 4 in Bellerose, New York. He is also a member of the Kent Island American Legion Post 278 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7464 in Grasonville, Maryland.

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