Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated an U.S. Army reservist and ethics officer for Pratt & Whitney to oversee Connecticut's Department of Veterans Affairs.
The appointment of Sean Connolly was announced on Thursday afternoon.
“Lt. Colonel Connolly's personal experience serving in the military, in addition to his work in the private sector, gives him a unique familiarity with the needs of the men and women who make up our armed forces, and I am excited that he is now bringing this service to state government," Malloy said,
Connolly lives in Hebron and serves with the 655th Regional Support Group, headquartered at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. He currently works at Pratt & Whitney as the global ethics and compliance officer. An attorney, Connolly previously served more than seven years on active duty as an Army Judge Advocate in a variety of positions.
“As a veteran myself, who continues to wear the uniform in the Army Reserve, I am deeply humbled and grateful for this chance to serve the veterans of the State of Connecticut,” Connolly said. “Our veterans and their families face significant challenges against homelessness, physical and mental health concerns, finding and transitioning to good civilian jobs, and getting the support they so deeply deserve. Working together, we will build a world-class Veterans' Affairs program. Those who have selflessly served our state and nation deserve no less.”
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and in Kuwait and Iraq.
Connolly succeeds longtime commissioner Linda Schwartz, who is now working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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