GBRTA meeting features retired Navy veteran

Guest speaker Rick McCarthy presents his story, “Teachers’ Impact on a Veteran,” to the Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association (GBRTA) on Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at Testos, Madison Avenue, Bridgeport.

McCarthy, a retired Navy veteran who currently serves as chief information officer for St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport and Ministry CIO of Ascension Information Services, will deliver his keynote address following the annual 10:30 a.m. November business meeting.

A Trumbull High School alumnus from the class of 1986, McCarthy graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1990 with a degree in health systems management and received his master’s degree in information technology from the University of Maryland.

His Naval career began as communications officer and assistant department head at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He moved on to a variety of medical information technology positions, including chief information officer at the Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy; medical chief information officer of the Health Services Support Division, Joint Staff; administrator of the Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay, Georgia; and chief information officer of the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In addition, McCarthy deployed as medical regulator, overseeing all medical evacuations in Southwest Asia between March and September of 1993; communications officer of Fleet Hospital 8 between February and August of 2003; and chief operating officer of the NATO Multi-national Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan from August of 2010 through August of 2011.

McCarthy, who resides in Monroe with his wife and children, will tell his own story of the impact teachers have made on his life at the annual GBRTA salute to veterans.

Following the GBRTA business meeting and the keynote address, a lunch of turkey with dressing, sole with lemon, or roast beef with gravy will be served. GBRTA representatives will collect shoeboxes and mailing donations for Samaritan’s Purse to distribute the gifts to children around the world.

Originally established in 1951, GBRTA welcomes all retired teachers who reside or have taught in the greater Bridgeport area and who receive pensions from the State of Connecticut. This includes Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull.

For more information or to make luncheon reservations, check the GBRTA website at gbrta.org or contact Barbara Chuga, 203-268-4535 or Kathleen Feller, 203-380-1945.

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