Assemblyman Jeff Gorell SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell announced that Brigadier General Anthony Volante (USAF, ret.) is the 44th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year and honoree for the sixth annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon. The Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon will be held this year on June 26th at the Sacramento Convention Center to honor veterans residing in each Assembly District who have had distinguished military careers or have significantly contributed to their communities.

“General Volante is a great inspiration for me. He spent his 40-year military career serving his country in the Air Force, and promptly upon retirement began a new career serving his community of Port Hueneme,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “His tireless commitment to military, community, and public service provides an example that a new generation of veterans should be proud to emulate.”

Anthony Volante enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1953, rose through the enlisted ranks and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in 1970. He served as Support Group Commander of the 146th Tactical Airlift Wing at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station just prior to his retirement in 1993.

As a former City Councilman and Mayor of Port Hueneme, Mr. Volante’s leadership included the successful effort for Port Hueneme to become a Charter City. He was a member of the BRAC Task Force that helped retain the Port Hueneme and Point Mugu Navy bases in 1995 and 2005 when the bases were threatened with closure. His leadership was acknowledged in 1996 when he was named Port Hueneme’s “Citizen of the Year”.

Mr. Volante has also served on numerous boards including the Association of Water Agencies, Boys & Girls Club, Regional Defense Partnership, and the Oxnard College Foundation.