NY Mets honor Airman

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  • By Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum
  • 111th Attack Wing Public Affairs
Capt. Michael Gielbeda, communications and information officer with the 111th Operations Support Squadron, was recognized for his military service, June 9 during a Mets home game at Citi Field, here.

The Mets, working with the Wounded Warrior Project, recognize one serviceman as their Veteran of the Game during each of their 81 home games.

"My daughter [Makayla, age 9] was actually the one who submitted my name to be recognized," said Gielbeda, a Queens native. "She e-mailed the Mets after learning about the program during a previous game."

As the Veteran of the Game, Gielbeda and his family were treated to seating right behind home plate and presented with a flag that had been flown over the stadium.

"Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants won the game, 5-0, as pitcher Chris Heston, threw a no hitter," said the avid Mets fan.