2010-01-15 / Milestones

Rockaway Residents Deployed Together

Major Thomas P. Sullivan, US Army (left) son of John and Ursula Sullivan of Breezy Point, Lieutenant Commander Robert E Hughes, U.S. Navy (right) son of Patrick and Margaret Hughes of Rockaway Park. Major Thomas P. Sullivan, US Army (left) son of John and Ursula Sullivan of Breezy Point, Lieutenant Commander Robert E Hughes, U.S. Navy (right) son of Patrick and Margaret Hughes of Rockaway Park. Two Rockaway residents, Lieutenant Commander Robert E Hughes and Major Thomas P. Sullivan recently found each other in an unusual place – the Arabian Gulf.

After meeting and talking with one another, the two men realized that not only were the two Rockaway men working together in the Armed Forces, but that their fathers were once co-workers as well.

Submitting his story all the way from the Middle East to The Wave, Hughes says thirty years ago, their fathers patrolled the streets of Brook lyn South together as detectives in the New York City Police De - part ment.

The tradition of selfless services continues today, Hughes says.

Hughes and Sullivan are currently deployed together in the Northern Arabian Gulf supporting combat operations in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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