I had the best seat in the house for a Bronze Star medal ceremony at the Port of Long Beach, honoring US Navy Commander, Stephen M. Ruggiero. I don’t think I have ever felt so proud to be part of an American tradition.
Elegance, organization, structure, professionalism, pride…
I was pretty moved.
from left to right: Commander Stephen Ruggiero, Rear Admiral Shatynski, Major General U.S. Army (retired) Paul E. Mock, Comman Sergeant Major U.S. Army George F. Ardron
Commander Ruggiero's wife and two children
Ruggiero receiving his Bronze Star from Rear Admiral Shatynski
Medals are awarded by Ruggiero to his children on behalf of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Far right: their mother looks on
Ruggiero honors the Port of Long Beach by presenting an American flag to the President of Harbor Commissioners, Susan Wise