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
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
SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation