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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has returned to the U.S. from his deployment after being on active-duty orders since mid-March with the United States Navy in Europe.
“I was honored to serve my country in support of the United States military’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Neuhaus said. “I want to thank everyone who sent well wishes during my deployment. The outpouring of support for me and my family was moving and greatly appreciated. During my deployment, I was able to stay in touch with my Executive team, and I want to commend all Department Heads, and the entire County workforce for continuing their diligent work for our residents during my time in Europe.”
Neuhaus added: “Most importantly, I ask that the public join me in keeping all troops throughout the world, as well as the Ukrainian, people in your thoughts and prayers.”
Neuhaus served with the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The Sixth Fleet is the Navy's operational fleet and staff of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa.
Neuhaus is currently serving in the United States Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander, assigned to the Pacific Fleet. He was previously on active duty with the U.S. Navy from November of 2018 to June of 2019. During that time, Neuhaus served with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, spending most of his deployment in various locations throughout Iraq in Support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. Military Campaign against ISIS.
The County Executive also served overseas in South Korea in 2017 and North Africa in 2011.
While overseas, the County Executive began preparations for his State of the County address and will deliver the speech at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25th. The address is open to the public and will take place at the Orange County Emergency Services Center auditorium, located at 22 Wells Farm Road in Goshen.
“County Executive Neuhaus is a true patriot and we salute his service to our country, and his selfless commitment to the freedoms that we all hold dear,” Chairwoman of the Orange County Legislature Katie Bonelli said. “I applaud him for his service and for staying engaged in County operations as much as he did while he was away. I am glad that County Executive is back in Orange County and look forward to continuing to work with him and his team.”
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.