Three Locals Deployed To War Zone
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey T. Rynkowski, son of Jane and Harry Harper of Broad Channel, Seaman Tiffany A. Giovannielli, daughter of Diane Sullivan of Rockaway Beach and Petty Officer 1st Class Richard A. Bennick of Far Rockaway, son of Eva Bennick, along with more than 470 Navy reservists were mobilized from Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF) Charlie, home based in Williamsburg, Virginia, and deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
During the deployment, the three Navy members will work directly for the Army to provide a critical combat service support mission. Sailors are relieving Army personnel as part of a scheduled force rotation. NAVELSF.
Their primary mission is cargo handling, which includes vessel on-loading and off-loading as well as conducting marshalling yard operations.
Rynkowski is a 1994 graduate of Beach Channel High School and joined the Navy in July 1996. Giovannielli is a 2004 graduate of Beach Channel High School and joined the Navy in 2004. Bennick joined the Navy in 1985.