Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Eugene Gobbo, who served from 1964-1994.

Eugene “Gene” Gobbo commissioned into the US Air Force as a transportation engineer following ROTC graduation at Newark College of Engineering (New Jersey Institute of Technology) in June 1964.

While on active service, Cobbo deployed to Thailand during the Vietnam War. He later served as a reservist for Air Defense Command at multiple locations throughout California, including Mt. Laguna Air Force Station (San Diego county) and Mill Valley Air Force Station (Marin county). Following the closure of Air Defense Command, then-Captain Gobbo was assigned to McClellan Air Force Base (Sacramento county).

In his 30 years of active and reserve Air Force service, Gobbo retired at the rank of Colonel, and had earned a Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Though he retired from military service to Sacramento, California, Gobbo hasn’t stopped working or serving. Throughout his reservist career, Gobbo had concurrently built civilian careers at the Federal Highway Administration and the University of California, Berkeley. In both roles, he earned multiple appreciation and engineering awards, including the California Small Business Administration’s “Bridging the Gap” for his work in uniting minority communities in California with the federal government.

Perhaps most fulfilling for Gobbo, though, has been his four decades of membership and service to the Knights of Columbus, a national and international Catholic men’s charitable organization where he has served in many leadership roles. In addition to this responsibility, Gene actively participates in regional stand downs for homeless Veterans; he also serves his local parish, and fundraises for a summer camp benefiting the intellectually disabled.

Thank you for your service, and for continuing to serve, Gene!

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Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at


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Published on Jun. 27, 2019

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