Ssg. Richard Aulicino recently retired from the Pennsylvania National Guard after 20 plus years of service to the United States. Aulicino started his military career with the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a missile mechanic. Upon his retirement, he served as a communications NCO for the 109th Field Artillery. Aulicino is a veteran of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom for his service in Iraq and Germany since 2001. He has been recognized for his service and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M' device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the General T.J. Stewart Medal and the Pennsylvania Service Medal. Aulicino resides in Staten Island, N.Y., with his wife, Joy. He has two daughters Jessica and Toni Anne. Receiving the Army Commendation Medal from Cpt. Gallagher is Aulicino at his last formation as a United States soldier.