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BOSTON, MA – While attending the Boston Marine Society Ladies Night event at the Omni Parker House on the evening of May 12th, Captain Gerry McCarthy had the opportunity to meet Captain Richard Phillips, Master of the merchant container vessel Maersk Alabama, whose abduction in 2009 by Somali Pirates inspired the 2013 blockbuster movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. Piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to be a serious threat to international shipping and results in an estimated loss of six billion dollars annually to global trade. Recent increases in patrols by warships from the European Union, the United States, Russia, India and Japan have drastically reduced the occurrence of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, but the threat of attack continues to alter merchant shipping routes causing vastly higher shipping costs. The United States Office of Naval Intelligence attributes the recent decline in pirate activity to a continuous regional naval presence and the adoption of best management practices by vessel owners and crews, including posting armed private security forces aboard ships. “I can’t imagine having to survive in a situation like that,” said Captain McCarthy, “he’s a true American Hero.”

273rd Annual Ladies Night at Parker House in Boston

Caption: Left Captain John C . O'Connor III USCG Center CC Gerry McCarthy. Right Radm Richard Gurnon.

BOSTON, MA - Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy President RADM Richard Gurnon, USMS, and Captain John C. O'Connor, Commander USCG Sector Boston, at the 273rd Boston Marine Society Ladies Night event at the Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston. The Boston Marine Society has a history which is as remarkable as it is little known. Founded in 1742, and located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, it is the oldest association of sea captains in the world. In its 247 years, its membership has totaled only 2,867 members whose purpose has been to ensure the safety
of marine navigation and to provide aide to the families of distressed
mariners. The annual Ladies Night is the main social event for the Society
and provides a gala evening for distinguished guests from throughout New England and the world.

BOSTON, MA Ė Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy met with Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday, 5 May to present the Governor with an Ancients Blazer jacket in official recognition of the Governorís de facto authority as Commander in Chief of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. BG Joseph E. Milano and James McGinn, Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Police, joined the Captain for the informal presentation in the Governorís office at the Statehouse. After trying on his new blazer, which had been custom tailored, the Governor stated that he was delighted and proud to receive it and that he is looking forward to attending this yearís June Day events. The Governor will be attending the June Day banquet on 1 June and LT Governor Karyn Polito will attend the Governorís Dinner event on 31 May, both being held at the Westin Copley Square Hotel, Boston.

(London, United Kingdon - April 2015) For Harry, England and Saint George! Our own Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy recently attended the annual St George’s Dinner hosted by the Honourable Artillery Company of London on Thursday, 23 April 2015. The HAC holds this Annual Feast to commemorate the birthday of England’s patron saint, St George. Prior year’s guests have included members of the Royal Family, other international and national leaders, and distinguished figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher. This year’s event was held in the historic Long Room within the Armory House complex at the Headquarters of the HAC in London. The dinner was presided over by General Sir Richard Barrons, KCB CBE ADC Gen. Notable guests in attendance included Matthew Barzun, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and The Lord King of Lothbury, Mervyn King, who was the Guest Speaker. In attendance representing the AHAC were CAPT Gerry McCarthy, COL Robert E. Welch, Jr. and BG Emery A. Maddocks.

(SALEM COMMON, SALEM, MA - 11 April), Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy led a contingent of at least 43 members to Salem for the Salem Muster Ceremony commemorating the 1636 Muster now recognized as the birthday of the National Guard. Massachusetts is proud to be home of the National Guard and home to the 4 oldest organizations in the United States Army: the 101st Engineers, the 101st Field Artillery, the 181st Infantry and the 182nd Infantry all directly descended from the North, South and East Regiments of Massachusetts Militia who mustered in Salem that cold day in 1636

(BRETTON WOODS, NH – 13 March 2015) Captain Gerard C. McCarthy of Burlington led a contingent from the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts on a return visit to the famous Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, the Mount Washington Resort was last visited by the Ancients in 1912 while traveling through the White Mountains during an annual tour of duty. In honor of that occasion, the hotel’s manager had presented the Company with a ceremonial key to the hotel and its contents. The Ancients then promised to someday return. In grateful recognition of the grand hotel’s 103 year-old enduring gift of hospitality, McCarthy presented the Omni Resort’s manager with a ceremonial gold key to the Armory at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The original 1912 key to the former Mount Washington House may be viewed on display in the Armory Museum at Faneuil Hall.16 February 2015, Armory Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. Presidents’ Day Luncheon.

In spite the snow and bitter cold, Monday’s 130th Annual Presidents’ Day Luncheon was a great success. About 110 members and guests were treated to some timely remarks by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and some timely remarks from Major General L. Scott Rice. Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy presented the Mayor with a Company blazer, a knit hat and scarf, a snow shovel and an AHAC miniature Bobcat tractor for his desk. The Company also presented Major General Rice with a huge photograph of Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighters over Gillette Stadium, opening day 2012 to hang in his headquarters at Hanscom AFB. We were graced with a very distinguished head table with representative of state and city government as well as the military and the Consular Corps.

Kudos to Craig Spadafora and the crew from Anthony’s for a wonderful prime rib lunch and the Bandmaster CPT Frank Zarba for excellent music. Two of our ROD members, Elizabeth Vitton and her father Allen Buswell made the trek from Greenwich, CT and Woodstock, Vermont respectively to be at their first Company event. COL Raoul Alcala insured they had a great time and kept a lively table discussion going. We also wish to thank Functions Officer LT Dave Ciampa and LT Bob Tringali for their hard work checking people in and making table assignments.

(Union Oyster House, Boston, MA- 15 January 2015)– Captain Gerry McCarthy hosted a luncheon event at BG Joe Milano’s Union Oyster House on Thursday, 15 January, honoring Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The blazer event was part of the Captain’s ongoing public relations effort to promote greater visibility for the Company as well an opportunity to discuss his desire to see the Ancients more actively involved in events taking place throughout the City of Boston. “We need to step up to the plate and get more involved in our city,” said Captain McCarthy, “and I think the Mayor can help us hit a homerun.” The Captain presented the Mayor with a number of gifts, including an Ancients sweater, tie and the Captain’s challenge coin. “I promised him a blazer jacket if he delivers a good speech at the President’s Day luncheon,” the Captain joked.

(Boston, MA.) Congratulations to Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy , Past Commander BG Joseph Milano and all their team for planning, organizing and executing a superb reception honoring Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at the Inaugural Celebration at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center in at South Boston. Over 300 members and guests attended. The Company presented the Governor with a Company blazer. We also presented an engraved Revere bowl to the Governor and an engrave Massachusetts cup to the Lieutenant Governor. Finally the Captain made a symbolic presentation of the Brooks Sword to Governor Baker emblematic of his assumption of the role of Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Commonwealth to include the militia of which we are a part.

Major General Brooks was the first member of our Company to be elected Governor. He was twice Captain Commanding of the Ancients. He was also an colonel in the Revolutionary War, served in the war of 1812 and was Adjutant General of Massachusetts.

Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito delivered outstanding remarks on the importance of history and maintaining traditions to honor those who came before us.. They were quite generous with their time on what was a very busy evening for them.

We were honored to have many guests from the Massachusetts National Guard, from the new administration and from the Consular Corps. Thanks also to Bandmaster CPT Frank Zarba and Ray Cavicchio for outstanding musical background and entertainment for this event.

FANEUIL HALL, BOSTON - Hats off to the Lion’s Pride Sergeants for hosting another highly successful event! This year’s Toys for Tots toy drive was held Monday evening, 1 December, and brought together over two hundred of our fellow Ancients and guests to the Armory for a great evening in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots toy drive. The Ancient’s have long supported the Toys for Tots Program by donating new, unwrapped toys which are collected and distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children throughout the Greater Boston community. To date, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 220 million children nationwide. It was estimated that between $5000 and $8,000 in toys, clothing and cash contributions were donated at last Monday evening’s event in support of Toys for Tots as well as the New England Homeless Veterans Association of Boston. “I’m really proud of our guys for their support of this charitable event,” said Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy, “and I’m especially proud of the Lion’s Pride Sergeants for organizing what was a really great time for us all.”

20 October 2014. Union Oyster House. Boston

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has plans to make Massachusetts Great, and he shared his hopes and dreams and plans for the Commonwealth at a private fundraising event hosted by BG Joe Milano, PC, at the Union Oyster House, on Monday afternoon, October 20th. Among the large crowd of Ancients and other supporters in attendance at the event was Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy, who took the opportunity to present Charlie Baker and the candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito, each with a black Ancients emblem sweater jacket and a gold watch. Charles Duane “Charlie” Baker is recognized for his skill as a prominent business leader and local politician. He has experience as a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors and spent ten years as CEO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Photo: From left, former Gov. Bill Weld, Karyn Polito, CPT McCarthy and Charlie Baker at the Union Oyster House

Dedication of USO Travel Center

Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy joined USO President and CEO Dr. J. D. Crouch II on Friday, 12 September, at the dedication and opening of the new USO Travel Center at Logan International Airport’s Terminal E. The USO has had an active presence at Logan Airport for over 30 years, and the new Travel Center and lounge has been expanded to better accommodate the needs of traveling service members and their families.

“We are proud to be able to provide the USO with this new, larger space as they continue their important work supporting our troops and their families,” said Edward Freni, Director of Aviation at Massport.

At nearly twice the size of the previous USO center at Logan Airport, the new location is approximately 1,400 square feet and offers a large seating and living room space as well as an expanded refreshment counter and luggage storage area. Other amenities include a recreation room featuring video games and reading materials, and a designated charging area for portable electronic devices.

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Presentation at the Armory

On Thursday, 11 September, Major General Peter M. Aylward, USA Retired, made a formal presentation to the Company at the Armory acknowledging our partnership with the Department of Defense in commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the War in Vietnam. This special event also acknowledged the faithful and dedicated service of all Vietnam Veterans, and in particular those members of the Company present who served in Vietnam. On behalf of the United States Government, MG Aylward presented a memento of the occasion to each Veteran present as a special Thank You for their service.

A Tale of Two Leaders - Reunited

We previously reported on Major General Peter M. Aylward's formal presentation at the Armory in acknowledgement of our partnership with the Department of Defense in commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the War in Vietnam. It was a special event for all Vietnam Veterans in attendance, but there's another story behind the story. As it turns out, our own Captain McCarthy and Major General Aylward have known each other for over thirty-five years. Long ago, when both were much younger men, they worked together as wheelmen for Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown, loading supplies and groceries onto trucks for further distribution throughout the Greater Boston area. One day, one man told the other that he would be leaving his job to join the National Guard, and the other said he would remain and become a member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company. Time passed, both men became very successful, and after thirty-five years they were reunited in the Armory at Faneuil Hall.

Photo: left to right, from the top down: BG Emery Maddocks, Bob Gillen and Frank Kemp. Next row: Charlie Holden, Larry Willworth and Ted Monac. Next row: Ed Covell, LTC Walt Stamper and LTC Michael Lavey. Alone is John Welch and in the front row: Major General (Ret)Peter Aylward, Michael Dunn, Capt. Gerry McCarthy, Chuck Fazio and LTC Dick Botelho.

Tall Ships Return To Boston In 2017 (Boston, MA)

On 3 September, Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy and Adjutant Colonel John Arthur Moore joined Mayor Marty Walsh on the Boston waterfront at the public announcement of the return of the Tall Ships to Boston Harbor for the International Rendez-Vous Regatta scheduled for June, 2017. Fifty vessels from 20 countries are expected to participate in the spectacular five-day event which is being orchestrated by non-profit Sail Boston Inc., as well as the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the U.S. Coast Guard and MassPort. The last visit by the Tall Ships to Boston was in 2009 and the greatly-anticipated 2017 event is expected to attract millions of spectators from around the world to the Boston Waterfront and vicinity.


Captain Gerard C. McCarthy, Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, presented two awards to OCS graduate 2nd Lt. Vincent Ross, Class 081, during a commissioning ceremony held at Camp Edwards on Saturday, 9 August. Camp Edwards is home to the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School which is located at the Regional Training Institute. The Institute, formerly known as the Massachusetts Military Academy, is located on Cape Cod in Barnstable County and is home to the oldest state-run Officer Candidate School in the nation. Previously, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts had been responsible for training military officers within the Commonwealth and in tribute to this long, historic association, the AHAC recognizes the top graduate of each OCS class with the presentation of an officer’s sword and a monetary award toward the purchase of the graduate’s first dress blue uniform. The Regional Training Institute is commanded by Major Robert S. Boshans and the Presiding Officer at the event was Brigadier General Francis M. McGinn. Captain McCarthy is a resident of Burlington and became the 306th Captain Commanding of the AHAC on 2 June, 2014.

Photo: 2nd Lt. Ross (center) with Captain McCarthy (R) and Colonel Moore (L) of the AHAC.

1LT Domenic Previte and members of AHAC pay tribute to MAJ George Maynard (Waltham, MA)

A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was remembered on Wednesday as a group of eleven members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts visited Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham. At 10AM a special ceremony took place at the gravesite of Major George H. Maynard a member of their company. Maynard, a Medal of Honor recipient, served his country in the Civil War and received his country's highest military award for rescuing a fallen comrade under heavy enemy fire. United States, Grand Army of the Republic, and Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts flags were placed at the gravesite. Taps was played. First Lieutenant Domenic Previte, educated in the Waltham school system, was in charge of the event and read the Medal of Honor Citation. The AHAC has remembered Maynard since his passing in 1927 by holding an annual tribute at his gravesite. Maynard's uniform and Congressional Medal of Honor are on display at the Armory, fourth floor, Faneuil Hall in Boston.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere. First organized as militia for the protection of settlers following the landing at Plymouth, the Ancients have been a continuous presence in Massachusetts since 1638. The Company, whose headquarters and public museum are at Faneuil Hall, has seen its members deployed in every conflict in the nation's history, from the Bunker Hill to Yorktown, the War of 1812, the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and today, Afghanistan. Committed to camaraderie and honoring both present and past sacrifices made to protect our freedom, the Ancients participate in numerous memorial and charitable activities and parades throughout the year. (Photographs courtesy MSG Gerard Kelly)

June Day Parade (Faneuil Hall - Boston Common, Boston, MA)

(17 May 2014) For Immediate Release: Honorable Artillery Company of London, UK to particpate in June Day Parade (Faneuil Hall - Boston Common - Trinity Church). 150 Members of the HAC to march in parade and participate in change of command ceremony. Photograph courtesy Glenn Otto (HAC).

This year a contingent of 150 members of the Honourable Artillery Company of London will join the AHAC for the June Day celebration and ceremonies. Included within the visiting contingent will be members of the active Territorial Army Regiment, the Regimental Band, the Corps of Drums, veteran members, a delegation from the London Special Constabulary and the Pikemen and Musketeers, official bodyguard of the Lord Mayor of London. The HAC is the oldest regiment in the British Army, chartered by Henry VIII in 1537. The AHAC visited London this past October and participated in several ceremonies with the HAC. The men who organized the AHAC in 1637 were for the most part veterans of the HAC. The relationship among our two organizations was redeveloped in the late 1800s and continues to this day with periodic visits back and forth across the Atlantic. Members of the HAC active unit serve periodic deployments to Afghanistan just as our National Guard. They have lost 2 members killed in action and several wounded. We celebrate our traditions and our bands of friendship.

Parade will start at Faneuil Hall adjancent to Government Center and proceed to Boston Common for change of command ceremony. Read more about the June Day Parade.






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