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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and City Council to honor U.S Navy Commander and Port of Long Beach’s Assistant Director of Port Security, Steve Ruggiero, for receiving Bronze Star Medal

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and City Council to honor U.S Navy Commander and Port of Long Beach’s Assistant Director of Port Security, Steve Ruggiero, for receiving Bronze Star Medal

(LONG BEACH, CA; March 16, 2012) – On Tuesday, March 21, at the request of 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, the City Council will recognize U.S Navy Commander and Port of Long Beach Assistant Director of Port Security, Steve M. Ruggiero, for receiving the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service in Afghanistan.

“We are proud to honor this courageous individual for his service in Afghanistan, for he embodies the valor and character of our great nation, and is the symbol of commitment and sacrifice of all military personnel in the Armed Forces,” said Councilwoman Schipske.

In January, Commander Ruggiero was awarded the Bronze Medal, the country's fourth-highest award for bravery, heroism and meritorious service. Ruggiero distinguished himself through exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the Afghanistan Border Military Coordinator with the Border Management Task Force, United States Forces Afghanistan, from March 27 to October 21, 2011.

Schipske added that Ruggiero is an elite war veteran, specifically noted for his tactical command of rough terrain along the Pakistani and Afghan border, where he periodically entered dangerous zones riddled with land mines and enemy fire. Despite sustaining his own injuries, he is responsible for saving military units dislodged from their allied forces during combat, while simultaneously protecting innocent civilians caught in sniper crossfire.

“Steve has made a huge contribution on two fronts - the first for his courage shown in the trenches of war protecting the interests of the United States overseas in Afghanistan, and second, for his dedicated service to the city of Long Beach, in his capacity as Assistant Director of Port Security.”

Ruggiero currently oversees the day-to-day security operations for the Port of Long Beach complex, and coordinates directly with various agencies in charge of security, including the U.S Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Long Beach Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are fortunate to have Steve serving not only our country, but our City. He truly is a hometown hero,” adds Councilwoman Schipske, who recently launched the Long Beach Hometown Heroes project, honoring Long Beach men and women who have served, or who are currently serving in military service. For further information, please contact www.lbhometownheroes.com.