Pvt. Brian McGee, a graduate from East Meadow High School class of 2005, joined the Army and took Basic Training and Military specialty training for Military Police at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He graduated and was assigned to the 442nd Military Police Company in Jamaica. McGee was deployed April 19 from the Jamaica Armory. He is currently serving with the 442nd Military Police Company stationed in Iraq.
Before leaving for his tour of duty in Iraq, McGee dressed in his army fatigue uniform and visited his elementary school, the School for Language and Communications Development in Glen Cove. McGee brought an American flag signed by his company, which he dedicated to his school. It will be displayed in the front hallway of the school.
McGee was one of the school’s original 100 students when the school was first established about 25 years ago.
McGee visited with the students and presented the flag to Dr. Ellen Tiegerman, the principal, founder, and director of the school. He demonstrated how to properly fold the flag and told the students about some of the people who signed the flag.
The students were impressed and plan to write to McGee’s unit while it is overseas.
Tiegerman said she was impressed to see how far her former student has come since his time at the school and is excited to see how far he will go. McGee told the children that they too can achieve their dreams of being whatever they want to be when they grow up. The soldier also had a chance to catch up with staff members who were there when he was a student.
At home, McGee volunteers with the East Meadow Fire Department’s Station 1, Engine Company 1. He has been an active member for five years. Before that, he served as a junior firefighter from the age of 14.