Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., USN (ret.) Named Grand Marshal of 64th Annual Columbus Day Parade

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and NATO Supreme Allied

Commander Transformation, Commanded 1.1 million service members at US Joint

Forces Command

Parade to be Held on October 13 on Fifth Ave. in New York

Sep 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from Columbus Citizens Foundation

    NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Louis Tallarini,
 president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, announced today that Admiral
 Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., US Navy (ret.), former Vice Chairman of the
 Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be Grand Marshal of the 2008 Columbus Day
 Parade in New York City.
     The parade will be held on October 13 from noon until 3:00 PM on Fifth
 Avenue from 44th through 79th Streets and will be broadcast on NBC
 affiliates and by RAI Italian television.
     "Admiral Giambastiani has devoted his life to the service of the United
 States, and we are grateful and delighted that he has agreed to lead our
 annual celebration of Italian-American heritage and achievement," said Mr.
 Tallarini. "A highly decorated officer, Admiral Giambastiani's
 accomplishments are extensive in many fields. He commands the highest
 respect for his abilities and service in the areas of joint and naval
 strategy and operations, oversight of coordination between branches of the
 U.S. military and between the U.S. and NATO, submarine and anti-submarine
 operations and the development of new technologies."
     "I am very honored to serve as Grand Marshal of New York's Columbus Day
 Parade," said Admiral Giambastiani. "I immediately thought of my mother, my
 father, and all my grandparents who devoted themselves to this great
 country and to their children and who always had great affection for the
 home of their ancestors, Italy, a country that has given so much to all the
 people of the United States and to Western civilization."
     Admiral Giambastiani will join 35,000 dignitaries, entertainers, civil
 servants and members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band who will march in the
 Columbus Day Parade, the world's largest celebration of Italian-American
 culture and heritage. Music groups, flag dancers, marching bands and
 colorful floats will showcase Italian and Italian American tradition and
 innovation on the parade route up Fifth Avenue.
     About Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr.
     Admiral Giambastiani, a career nuclear submarine officer, served as
 Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005 to 2007, when he
 retired. In his capacity as Vice Chairman, the nation's second ranking
 military officer, he oversaw Pentagon efforts to rewrite strategy and
 streamline budgeting and procurement procedures. From 2002 to 2005, he
 served as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and as
 Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command, where he led the
 modernization of affiliated NATO and U.S. forces, capabilities and
 doctrines and the introduction of new technologies. He also served as
 Senior Military Assistant to the U.S. Defense Secretary and as a Special
 Assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence.
     Known within the military (and by President George W. Bush) as "Admiral
     Admiral Giambastiani served the bulk of his 37-year military career in
 the Navy. The four-star Admiral was involved in conventional operations and
 classified undersea intelligence-gathering missions, and he commanded the
 U.S.'s Atlantic submarine force. While in the Navy, he held the titles of
 Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements, and
 Assessments and Commander, Submarine Force and Anti-submarine Forces,
 United States Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Giambastiani also commanded the
 nuclear attack submarine USS Richard B. Russell (SSN687) and Submarine
 NR-1, the Navy's only nuclear powered ocean engineering and deep
 submergence submarine.
     Admiral Giambastiani was awarded numerous U.S. and foreign decorations
 including 12 Defense and Service Distinguished Service Medals. In addition
 he has been awarded three honorary doctorates of engineering, science and
 engineering technology. However, Admiral Giambastiani is most proud of his
 19 unit awards and commendations as they recognize the participation and
 accomplishments of the entire team. Admiral Giambastiani graduated from the
 United States Naval Academy with leadership distinction in 1970.
     Admiral Giambastiani is Chairman of Alenia North America, Inc., a
 subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and Finmeccanica, the largest Italian
 aerospace company. He is also a Senior Advisor to ValueOptions, Inc. the
 nation's largest independent behavioral health care company, and serves as
 a director of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Monster Worldwide,
 Inc. and the QinetiQ Group plc in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the
 Council on Foreign Relations and a distinguished senior advisor to the
 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In addition, he
 gives his time to various non-profit organizations such as the Bob Woodruff
 Family Foundation. He also gives a large amount of his time advising the
 Department of Defense and other agencies on various matters.
     A native of Canastota, N.Y., Admiral and his wife, Cindy Giambastiani,
 have two children: Peter Giambastiani, a Naval Academy graduate and a Naval
 Reserve officer who is Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for
 Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida; and Catherine A. McElroy, a government
 lawyer. They have one granddaughter, Hannah.
     About the Columbus Citizens Foundation
     The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New
 York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American
 heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of
 philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for
 advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various
 scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City's
 annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated
 Italian-American heritage since 1929.
Event: Columbus Day Parade Date: October 13, 2008 Time: Noon until 3:00 PM Parade route: The parade heads up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street Press contact: Andrew Decker T 212.222.4688 F 212.222.3188

SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation