Trumbull veteran to head parade
Trumbull resident and helicopter pilot Jeorge Jay King will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade. King spent eight years in the Army, flying the AH-64D Apache gunship in places like Germany and Iraq before retiring from active duty in 2008 with the rank of captain.
King enlisted in May of 2000 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering. King also holds an MBA. He received his commission through the Army ROTC Program and subsequently completed flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He served with the 1st Armored Division, 501st Aviation Battalion in Hanau, Germany. Later, he served with the 1st Cavalry Division, 227th Aviation Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas. He completed two 15-month tours in Iraq.
“I am humbled to be a part of our community’s commemoration of fallen military personnel on this solemn day,” King said.
Among his decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons are the following: Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Valorous Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (three times); USA Aviator Badge; Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
King lives in Trumbull with his wife and two children, who attend Tashua School. He is a parishioner at St. Stephen Church.
The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 28. It will start on Main Street at 10 A.M from the site of the former Cast Iron Chop House and continue on to Town Hall.