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Amanda Gallo

Retiring ROTC instructor swears in Riverhead grad to Navy, where she will be one of first female officers on submarine

“I knew I wanted Colonel to swear me in as soon as I joined the program,” said Gallo, who graduated from Riverhead High School in 2012. “He has been there for me the entire time and he is basically the reason I am the half-decent leader I am today.”

Making history: Riverhead grad will be one of the first female officers to serve in Navy submarine force

Only six women nationwide have been chosen from this year’s graduating class of future naval officers to enter the Navy’s highly competitive submarine force – and a 21-year-old Riverhead graduate is one of them.