Iona Prep alumnus Captain Brian O'Donnell '84 was named the Commanding Officer of the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55). USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. Iona Prep alumnus Captain Brian O'Donnell '84 was named the Commanding Officer of the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55). USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. The ship was named in memory of the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific. Its homeport is in Norfolk, Virginia. Captain O'Donnell's prior assignment was as the deputy commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. While at the Prep, Brian was a standout track athlete. He is still the school record holder in the steeplechase and cross-country event at Van Cortlandt Park. Captain O'Donnell was born in Yonkers. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 with a bachelor’s of science in history.Read more
It's that time of year again. Frenzied shopping, decking the halls, getting ready for family and friends and all that goes along with it. Don't forget to take time for yourself and those close to you as we share the holiday spirit. Here's wishing you all the magic of a childs' Christmas morning and the quiet peace of an overnight snowfall.
Back in 2009, I offered a wish for the troops to come home and share the best gift of all, Christmas Morning around the tree with family. It looks like many were granted that wish this year, but remember, the war isn't over yet, in spite of what they say. Tens of thousands will be serving our Nation far from home this Christmas, so let's try to keep them in mind as we count our blessings. Shake their hand when they come home and say a prayer for them until they do.
Here's a little Christmas music - enjoy!
Merry Christmas New Rochelle
Dona Nobis Pacem