2017-11-29 / Front Page

Addabbo Inducts Retired Lieutenant Colonel To Senate Vets Hall Of Fame

After a serious illness prevented him from being honored last spring at the 2017 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony, Retired USMC/Army Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Fink (l.) met with NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to receive his honorary Senate plaque and be recognized for his heroic service. The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame honors one veteran from each Senate District each year.After a serious illness prevented him from being honored last spring at the 2017 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony, Retired USMC/Army Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Fink (l.) met with NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to receive his honorary Senate plaque and be recognized for his heroic service. The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame honors one veteran from each Senate District each year.After a long and serious illness prevented him from being personally honored at the 2017 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony in May, Retired USMC/Army Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Fink recently met with NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to receive his honorary Senate plaque and be recognized for his heroic service.

After Addabbo chose Fink to induct into the 2017 Senate Veterans Hall of Fame – which honors one veteran from each Senate District each year – he underwent heart surgery that almost proved to be fatal for the retired and highly decorated Marine Corps and Army veteran. The unexpected lengthy illness prevented him from attending the Albany ceremony. Now that he has recovered, Fink was able to join with Addabbo to receive his long overdue recognition.

“It was extremely heartwarming to personally thank Dennis for his service and express how grateful we were that he was able to visit us in my Middle Village office,” said Addabbo, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “His story of recovery is a real miracle. God bless veteran Dennis Fink.”

With more than 32 years of active and reserve service to his credit, Fink began his distinguished military career in 1969 when he enlisted as a private in the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. In 1978, he entered the U.S. Army Reserve as a member of Operational Detachment 131, C Company, 1st BN, 11th Special Forces (Green Beret) Group Airborne, serving on the “A Team.” In 1981, after achieving the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6), he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry through Officer Candidate School.

In the years leading up to his retirement from the Army in 2005, Fink served in many countries and capacities around the globe, including tours of duty in Vietnam, Okinawa, Canada, Italy, Korea, Panama, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Guatemala, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Japan. In the Infantry, he served in a number of top-level commanding officer roles and in a variety of public affairs capacities. His active duty deployment as a reservist through 2002 included service in such operations as Operation Safe Haven, Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Open Arms (later known as Provide Refuge), and Operation Enduring Freedom, the global war on terrorism. On September 11, 2001, Colonel Fink, in addition to commanding the 361st Press Camp Headquarters, served as Chief of Public Affairs for the 77th Regional Support Command.

A recipient of many prestigious honors, commendations and military medals in honor of his extraordinary service, Fink is a retired New York City Supervising Fire Marshal, retired senior security coordinator for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and former stuntman. He holds a master’s degree in management, has been the president of Lodge 17 of the NYS Fraternal Order of Police since 1991, and is internationally known for his lifelong interest and expertise in the martial arts. Colonel Fink has long taught jujutsu and karate at the New York Seibukan in Forest Hills, holding the grades of Menkyo and 9th Dan respectfully. He taught 15 years of pro bono lessons at the Ridgewood YMCA.

“I am proud to have chosen Dennis as my 2017 inductee into the Veterans Hall of Fame, and am so very grateful that he was able to overcome his near fatal medical ordeal,” said Addabbo. “He is an outstanding veteran of our armed forces, and a respected and valued member of our community at large.”




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