One of Long Island’s Own, Lt. Jeanine Benjamin

Lt. Jeanine Benjamin, United States Navy, one of the Long Island’s Own.

A graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and US Naval Academy.

Read her story here.

CDR Frank Castellano:  Class of 1990

Frank Castellano, who grew up in Bellport, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. He has attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science Degree in Systems Technology and the United States Naval War College, earning Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Commander Castellano was the commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge during the April 12, 2009, rescue of Captain Phillips from pirates off the coast of Somalia. Commander Castellano stated that as the winds picked up, tensions rose among the pirates and "we calmed them" and persuaded the pirates to be towed by the Bainbridge. On April 12, 2009, Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued, reportedly in good condition, from his pirate captors.  The rescue began when Commander Castellano determined that Phillips' life was in imminent danger and ordered the action.

LCDR Michael Widman :  Class of 2000

Mike Widman grew up in Nesconset. At the Academy, Mike played lacrosse.  Mike married to Stephanie Tullock, also a 2000 USNA graduate, and headed off to Japan for 2.5 years.  He attended and graduated the Post Naval Graduate School studying Space Systems Operations.  Presently they are in Norfolk Va,  Mike does training on the ships and is out between 3 weeks and 2 months at a time.  He has received orders to be deployed to Iraq twice but they have been recinded due to other plans the Navy had for him. 

LCDR Matthew McKenna:  Class of 2001                                                

Matt McKenna, who also grew up in Bellport and
graduated from Bellport High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.  He attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering Analysis.

LCDR McKenna is assigned to the LCS USS Freedom, one of the new class of ships that are faster and more technologically advanced than other ships in the fleet. He developed the model for the use of the USS Freedom in modern warfare. LCDR McKenna has been stationed in Mayport, FL, Corpus Christi, TX, Newport, R.I. and San Diego, CA, and will be heading back to Newport, RI in the summer of 2012 to a leadership position at the War College. When at the Academy, LCDR McKenna was a noteworthy part of the Legend of Free 19. His mark on the Academy still stands.

Barbara Beal Morejon

Ensign Barbara Beal Morejon (USNA2010) completed her tour on the
USS Jason Dunham, DDG 109, where she served as the Division Officer in the Navigation Department. The Dunham is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. She is now beginning her training at the Nuclear Power School.  This past Fall, Barb married Nick Morejon.


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