Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, Va. and a two-star veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, visited East Islip High School on Sept. 27, accompanied by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci and a fellow marine, Capt. Chad Luebke.
The highly decorated general (whose bio can be found here
) spoke at the school’s Forum with juniors and seniors from the social studies classes of teachers Nicholas Mequia and Kimm Schwarz, discussing U.S. foreign policy, patriotism, the War on Terror and Osterman’s personal experiences in the armed services. The visit was arranged by East Islip Middle School teacher Rena Costello.
“This was just as thrilling for me as it was for the students,” commented Cilmi. “We are grateful to the East Islip School District for hosting this program and especially grateful to the general for taking the time to visit.”