Assemblymember Adam Gray Honors Veteran of the Year

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Class Petty Officer John Ceccoli

Assemblymember Adam Gray honored First Class Petty Officer John Ceccoli of Merced as the Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. First Class Petty Officer Ceccoli was honored today at a luncheon in Sacramento.

John Ceccoli began his reserve career with the United States Navy in 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011 with the Joint Task Force to Bagram Airbase.  During his tour of duty he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer.  In May 2013, Officer Ceccoli returned to California and was assigned to the Cargo Afloat Rig Team Detachment Charlie in Lemoore and named Leading Petty Officer for the 27 Sailor detachment.  He was responsible for the training and operational readiness of his Sailors in their support of Naval Operations around the globe.  In May 2016, Officer Ceccoli was deployed to the Horn of Africa in support of counter-terrorism efforts.

Since 2013, Officer Ceccoli has worked for Merced County first as an employment training worker, but was later named the County Veterans Service Officer where he continues his service.  Officer Ceccoli’s goal is that uphold our nation’s commitments to our citizen warriors and their dependents.

“Our community is fortunate to have such a dedicated individual such as John Ceccoli directing and serving the needs of our veterans and their families,” said Assemblymember Gray. “John is a stellar example of how many in our armed forces continue their service for a lifetime.”