The Vestal Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the following candidate for induction into the 2016 Vestal Hall of Fame. They will be honored at the induction dinner/ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. and the induction ceremony immediately following.
Captain Michael Giannetti - Class of 1988
A decorated naval aviator and officer, Captain Michael Giannetti has commanded the elite “World Watchers” Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 and served in the Pentagon on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff. His current assignment is Director of Current Operations on the Commander Pacific Fleet Staff in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
His impressive list of awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and multiple Air and Navy Commendation Medals. His commitment to community did not falter in the face of a full professional career as he has, among other charitable endeavors, served as a Big Brother, coached Special Olympians, built Habitat for Humanity homes and volunteered with the Humane Society.
Dwayne King - Class of 1960
An inspiration for serving others has driven
Dwayne King to unprecedented heights, first as a bush pilot in Alaska, and then
as a pioneering missionary in Russia. He has founded his own non-profit
organization, Kingdom Air Corps, to train others to continue his mission work,
while still advocating to open general and missionary aviation in Russia. He has spent his life in remote frontiers,
like Alaska and the far eastern region of Russia, where there are no roads,
bringing in food, supplies and encouragement.
Lieutenant Colonel Drew Watson - Class of 1975
A leader of the highest caliber, Drew Watson
rose through the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps, reaching the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel before he retired. He has commanded the elite First Force
Reconnaissance Company, First Marine Expeditionary Force, was selected to
represent the U.S. Marines as a ground exchange officer with the British Royal
Marine Commandos and also served as Deputy Chief Instructor and A Company
Commander at the Marine Corps Basic School.
Lt. Col. Watson brings his sense of
duty to his community, supporting the Semper Fi fund. He is also a senior
mentor with Total Courage, which provides character development coaching
tailored to train, teach and mentor coaches, students and other athletes to win
If you would like to attend this year's Hall of Fame Dinner/Induction, please print and fill out the Reservation Form below and return it with your payment to the address below. Reservations are respectfully requested by April 25, 2016.
Vestal Hall of Fame Committee
Attention Betty Engle
Vestal Central School District
201 Main Street, Vestal, NY 13850
There is also an opportunity for local businesses to sponsor the Hall of Fame Dinner. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact Betty Engle at 607-757-2241 or by email at email@example.com