Rev.Marketos Inducted as First Greek Orthodox NationalChaplain

by Catherine Tsounis

Rev. Dionisios Marketos is now commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant Greek orthodox Chaplain of the New York guard," announced 1st Lt. Peter S. Giakoumis of the 4th Platoon, D Company of the New York Guard. The official ceremony was performed, Sunday, Dec. 17th, at the Philoptohos ladies Society social in the church hall of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Mattituck, N.Y. This was a historical moment in the 150 year history of the National Guard. A free luncheon of Greek cuisine was served to the community under the supervision of Philoptohos President Virginia Tripolitis and the ladies of the community

"The New York Guard will become the premier State Defense Force in the Nation," said Commanding Major General Michael R. Van Patten, on October 2, 2006. "The force will be comprised of fully trained personnel, ready to respond immediately to state emergency, and homeland defense missions, as directed by the Governor and The Adjutant General. The New York Guard personnel will be individually and collectively qualified, and resourced, to seamlessly take on mission responsibilities in support of the National Guard and civil authorities."(Photo at right: 1st Lt. Peter S. Giakoumis pinning Rev. Dionisios Marketos with the rank of 1st Lt. Greek Orthodox Chaplain.)

"Within a year, Rev. Marketos will become a captain of our brigade," said Lt. Giakoumis of Whitestone, New York, who is from the village of Elata, Chios. For more information on the National Guard, visit or email Lt. Giakoumis at

(Posting date 20 January 2007

HCS encourages readers to view other articles and releases in our permanent, extensive archives at the URL ,especially fine articles penned by Dr. Catherine Tsounis and press releases about the Modern Greek Studies program at St. John's University at the URL

2000 Hellenic Communication Service, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved.