Thursday, April 27, 2017
Legionnaire Receives Citizen Soldier Award
Legionnaire Robert Morisseau, a chief petty officer with the New York Naval Militia, has received a prestigious New York State Citizen Soldier Award.
In a ceremony on April 21, Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the state adjutant general, presented Morisseau with the 2016 Colonel Gouverneur Morris Citizen Soldier Award.
CPO Morisseau was recognized out of the four state Guard Units for outstanding support of community, militia and state.
The award is named after Gouverneur Morris, an American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States, and a native of New York City who represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation. Morris was a significant contributor to the Constitution of the United States and one of its signers. He wrote the preamble, and has been called the “Penman of the Constitution.”
Morisseau, an Albany native who graduated from Albany High School in 1978, joined the Navy in 1979 and retired after 20 years of active duty military service. He has been a member of the New York Naval Militia since 2001 and has served as a member of the Naval Militia personnel action team and as a small boat crewman.
He is a past American Legion Albany County commander.