As the Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Peter is committed to providing support services to ease the transition from military service to student. He also helps the veterans with any problems they may have with their classes and with the VA. His office is in the Veterans OASIS Center located in the Jean Burr Smith Library in Chapman Hall. This is a dedicated space on campus for veterans and military service men and women to network, socialize, study, and share as they integrate into the college experience. There are 4 computers, a printer/scanner, refrigerator, microwave, and a Keurig Coffee Maker for veterans to use. He also has representatives from the VA and the Department of Labor, and CT Works who come in on assigned days. Peter is also the Veterans Club Advisor.
Peter Galgano Jr.’s service in the United States Marine Corps is one of his proudest accomplishments. He is a Vietnam Veteran and served from 1966 to1970 and was discharged as Sgt. E-5.
In 2003, he received the “Secretary of the State’s Public Service Award” from Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State of Connecticut, for his dedicated service and contribution to state boards and commissions in Connecticut, as the Co-Chair, Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness.
Peter joined MxCC in 2004 as a Media Assistant and just after two years, in 2006, he was recognized for doing far more then that position required and was promoted to Media Associate. (Media Specialist)
In 2006, he was the recipient of the Marine Corps League’s prestigious “Department of Connecticut Marine of the Year”. He received this for his extensive involvement with the Military Funeral Honors Detail, Wake Service, and creating a DVD that was given to 300 Funeral Directors in CT to show to the families what was entitled to them.
In 2007, Peter was on a committee to have an OASIS Center built on campus for veteran students. On November 17, 2010, Middlesex Community College opened its Veterans OASIS Center. OASIS stands for “Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service-members” and is located in the Jean Burr Smith Library in Chapman Hall. OASIS Centers were developed to help returning veterans transition back into civilian life. They provide a welcoming location where veterans can meet, socialize, study, and support each other. The center is also a resource for important information on state and federal veteran benefits programs.
In 2007, after Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines in Plainville, CT, returned from Fallujah, Iraq, the Marines of Charlie Company named him the “2006 Marine Corps Veteran of the Year”. He received this honor for establishing a website for Marines in Iraq to see and communicate with their families in Connecticut. Peter was also the co-organizer for Charlie Company’s Homecoming from Iraq and he created a DVD of all the pictures for the 200 Marines returning.
Also, in 2007, Peter became Co-President of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial in Hartford. Connecticut’s first statewide Memorial that pays tribute to State heroes and heroines of the past, honors the veterans of today, and demonstrates the appreciation we hold for their service for generations to come.
In 2008, Peter was the Public Relations Chairman for bringing the largest traveling Vietnam Wall to Rentschler Field in East Hartford. He was also instrumental in bringing up the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the Drum and Bugle Corp.
On 17 November 2010, Middlesex Community College dedicated its new Veterans’ OASIS Center, a place where Veteran Students can congregate, relax, talk, study or seek assistance from Peter.
In the Spring 2011 semester, Peter Galgano, as the MxCC Veterans Outreach Coordinator, was able to get the Middlesex Community College Veterans Club started. Galgano became the club advisor. As the semester continued, Galgano started the paperwork to get Middlesex Community College to become listed on the “Military Friendly Schools/GI Jobs” website. In the Fall 2011 semester, Middlesex Community College received a certificate and a plaque from Military Friendly Schools/GI Jobs and officially became a “Military Friendly School” and was in the top 20% of military friendly schools nationwide. MxCC received this again in Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014. In the Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017 and in Fall 2018, Middlesex Community College became and is still now in the top 15% of Military Friendly Schools nationwide.
On November 8, 2011, Peter received the “William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award”. The award was presented by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce “Honor the Veterans and Support the Troops Committee” in recognition of distinguished service on the part of a veteran of our armed forces to the citizens of Connecticut and selfless devotion to the ideal of commitment to public service.
On November 28, 2012, Peter was inducted into the “Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame”. The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame honors veterans both for their direct service to their country and for making significant contributions to their local communities after they have completed their military service.
On March 18, 2016, Peter Galgano Jr. was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The board shall be comprised of eighteen voting members who by education or experience shall be qualified in health care, business management, social services or law and who shall have a demonstrated interest in the concerns of veterans. The board shall advise and assist the commissioner in the operation of the Veterans Residential Services facility, the Office of Advocacy and Assistance, the administration, expansion or modification of existing programs and services of the department and the development of new programs and services.
Peter is presently active with the following: The Marine Corps League #781, in New Britain, and the MCL Dept of Connecticut, the VFW Post 10732 in Berlin, CT, the American Legion Post 68, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 120, in East Hartford and the VVA State Council-VP, the town of Berlin Veterans’ Commission-Secretary and the Veterans Service Contact Person, member of the Special Veterans Advisory Committee for Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Veterans’ Outreach Coordinator at Middlesex Community College, the Staff Advisor for the Middlesex Community College Veterans Club, and the OEF/OIF Military Support Committee, at Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown.
Peter received his A.A.S., Business Management _ Video Arts at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY in 1993. He graduated Class Salutatorian (3.97 GPA). Peter took Management & Leadership courses, as a part time student, at AT&T Broadband University for 30 credits in 1996 – 2003 (3.92 GPA). Then as a part time student, he earned 26 credits towards an A.S., Multimedia at Middlesex Community College in 2003 – 2006 (4.0 GPA).