|On Friday February 15, 2019 Senior Chief Fred Baranowski, a member of Local 167, was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms game.|
Published On: Thursday, February 28, 2019
AUTHORED BY: KEVIN LOTT, TEAM LEAD & CCT TRUSTEE, KEYSTONE + MOUNTAIN + LAKES REGIONAL COUNCIL LOCAL 167
On Friday February 15, 2019 Senior Chief Fred Baranowski, a member of Local 167, was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms game. Senior Chief Baranowski joined the Navy in 1978 and served active duty until 1986. He then re-enlisted in 1996 in the Naval Reserves attached to U.S. NAVY SEABEES, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21, where he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Kuwait and Iraq from 2005 to 2006. He was again deployed from 2009 to 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving as Officer in Charge of a 25-man detachment.
Upon returning, he served as Senior Enlisted Leader of Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley. Senior Chief Baranowski retired from the Navy in 2017 with 26 years of service. He resides in Bethlehem, PA with his wife Doreen. He also has 3 children and one grandson. Some of Senior Chiefs' awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, NATO (ISAF) Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He received a standing ovation by the 10,000 people attending the game.
This recognition came on Carpenters Night at the Phantoms, an annual outing that Local 167 takes each year as a fun night out for members and their families. A group of about 200 people usually make it to this event at the PPL Center, which was built by these very same union carpenters. The PPL Center was a 4-year, $325 million dollar all Union Job that was managed by our signatory contractor, Alvin H. Butz.