NEWS: According to one local activist, Fort Hamilton has proven itself to be a vital facility for relief operations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy – a fact that should save the installation from federal budget cuts.
Fort Hamilton Army Base’s new commanding officer Colonel Eluyn Ginés, who had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq, was welcomed during a “Change of Command” ceremony last Wednesday, writes Paula Katinas for the Brooklyn Eagle.
Ginés takes the place of Col. Michael Gould, who presided over Fort Hamilton for the last two years. Gould was recently reassigned to a Pentagon post in Washington, D.C.
POLITICS: Yesterday, Congressman Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) held a press conference with community members and Iraq War veterans at Fort Hamilton to speak out against a Department of Defense plan to eliminate one of New York State’s two National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST), one of which resides at the Bay Ridge army base.