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 four computers, a printer/scanner, refrigerator, microwave, and a Keurig coffee maker for veterans to use. Representatives from the VA, the Department of Labor, and CT Works come in on assigned days. Peter is also the Veterans Club advisor.
Peter Galgano’s service in the United States Marine Corps is one of his proudest accomplishments. He is a Vietnam veteran who served from 1966 to 1970 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, and as the co-chair, Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness.
Peter joined Middlesex in 2004 as a media assistant and after two years he was recognized for exceeding his duties for the position and was promoted to media associate (media specialist).
In 2006, he earned the Marine Corps League’s prestigious Department of Connecticut Marine of the Year award. He received this for his extensive involvement with the Military Funeral Honors Detail, Wake Service, and creating a DVD distributed to 300 funeral directors to show military families what was entitled to them.
In 2007, Peter was on a committee to have a center available on campus for veteran students. On November 17, 2010, Middlesex opened the 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 welcoming locations where veterans can meet, socialize, study, and support each other. It is also a resource for important information about state and federal veteran benefits programs.
In 2007, after Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines in Plainville, Conn., 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 photos for the 200 returning Marines.
Also, in 2007, Peter became co-president of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial in Hartford. Connecticut’s first statewide memorial pays tribute to state heroes and heroines of the past, honors the veterans of today, and demonstrates appreciation for their service for generations to come.
In 2008, Peter was the public relations chair for the largest traveling Vietnam Wall when it visited Rentschler Field in East Hartford. He was also instrumental for bringing in the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the Drum and Bugle Corps.
During the Spring 2011 semester, Peter Galgano, as the MxCC Veterans Outreach Coordinator, started the Middlesex Community College Veterans Club and became the club’s advisor. As the semester continued, he initiated the paperwork to get Middlesex listed on the Military Friendly Schools/GI Jobs website. In Fall 2011, Middlesex received a certificate and a plaque from Military Friendly Schools/GI Jobs and officially was designated a Military Friendly School by being in the top 20% of military friendly schools nationwide. Middlesex was recognized again 2012, 2013, and 2014. In the Fall 2015 and 2016, Middlesex became the top 15% of military friendly schools nationwide and in 2017 and 2018, earned the Silver ranking – within 20% of the 10th-ranked colleges nationwide. For 2019–2020, Middlesex earned the prestigious Gold ranking – within 10% of 10th-ranked colleges nationwide.
On November 8, 2011, Peter received the William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award. This award was presented by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s Honor the Veterans and Support the Troops Committee. The award recognizes 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 Veterans Hall of Fame honors veterans 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 was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The board is comprised of 18 voting members who by education or experience are qualified in health care, business management, social services, or law, and who have a demonstrated interest in the concerns of veterans. The board advises and assists 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.
On March 22, 2019, Peter was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Friends of VA Connecticut Fisher House, Inc. Fisher House provides high-quality temporary lodging, at no charge, to families/caregivers of veterans and active duty service members who are undergoing inpatient or extensive outpatient treatment provided by the VA or Department of Defense. Fisher House is considered to be a home away from home and offers a warm, compassionate environment, and a sense of comfort while a loved one is undergoing medical treatment.
Peter is presently active with the following organizations: the Marine Corps League #781, in New Britain, and the MCL Dept. of Connecticut, the VFW Post 10732 in Berlin, Conn., 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 earned an A.A.S. in Business Management – Video Arts from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, in 1993. He graduated as the class salutatorian (3.97 GPA). From 1996–2003, Peter enrolled in management and leadership courses as a part-time student at AT&T Broadband University for 30 credits (3.92 GPA). As a part-time student, he earned 26 credits toward an A.S. in Multimedia at Middlesex Community College from 2003–2006 (4.0 GPA).