In early October, U.S. Senator Jack Reed presided at the promotion ceremony of Major Melissa A. Horvath, the daughter of Narragansett resident Richard Horvath, at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
The Senator re-administered the Oath of Office and took the opportunity to recognize Horvath’s achievements. He thanked her and all military members for their sacrifice and service.
Senator Reed also recognized the family and friends who have helped and supported Horvath along the way, including her husband, Gordy, who also serves on active duty. Horvath’s father, stepmother and husband attended the ceremony and pinned her new rank on her uniform. Following the ceremony, Senator Reed’s staff congratulated Major Horvath and hosted a reception to celebrate.
Horvath is an Army Logistics Corps officer who currently serves as a Resident Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, VA. She previously served in various Army and Air Force assignments in Germany, Virginia and South Carolina. She has been deployed to Baghdad and Al-Qayarrah, Iraq, serving two 15-month tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Horvath is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Military History and a graduate of Troy State University with a Master of Public Administration degree.
Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2), Air Force Organizational Excellence Award and the Combat Action Badge.
Melissa is the daughter/step-daughter of Richard and Paula Horvath of Narragansett, and step-daughter/daughter of Angelo and Susan Martucci of Bloomfield, CT.
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