George T. Vitti, III has been a Security Officer at the Poletti Plant for the past 6 years. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom of which he served as a Military Police Officer in the Marines from 2002-2006.
What led you to join the Armed Forces and why did you pick the service branch that you did?
I dreamed of being a Marine as a child growing up in a military family, and I spent nearly the same amount of time at the local VFW hall with my father as I did playing with my childhood friends. When the time came, I proudly followed in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, who both earned the title of United States Marine during Vietnam and WWII.
How do the skills you learned in the military help you in your career today?
I was fortunate to have some fantastic teachers and mentors who taught and instilled in me these 14 leadership traits: justice, judgement, dependability, initiative, decisiveness, tact, enthusiasm, integrity, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and endurance. There is no doubt that the traits and skills I have learned during my time in service has offered a guidance that is extraordinarily beneficial to my career here at the New York Power Authority.
Are you a member of any Veterans groups?
I am an active member of VFW Post #260, American Legion Post 1440, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Do you have any funny stories during your service?
During Marine Corps Boot camp aboard Paris Island in South Carolina, we had a recruit in our platoon that somehow got his watch through the indoc (they take all of your belongings when you first get there). Well, the Drill Instructors found out he had it when they saw him wearing it one day, so they put him in the squad bay trashcan and put the lid on it. Every time they walked by and kicked it he’d pop out with his watch and yell, “SIR THE TIME ON DECK IS ZERO-NINE-FORTY-FIVE!” and then go back into his can like the grouch from Sesame Street.
On another occasion, we had a full funeral procession and burial for a mosquito. Marine Recruits are strictly banned from any movement while standing in formation, and that includes the swatting of mosquitoes. On this particular day, Recruit Jones couldn’t take that bug gnawing on his ear for a second longer, so swat it he did.
Shortly after, the ceremony and games had begun, which including singing, marching, and a whole lot of digging, but It wasn’t until we thought it was over when the drill instructor had professed the question of whether this mosquito casualty had been a male or female. So, it was 6 feet of barehanded digging back down to the bottom to find out.