Capt. John J. McKenna IV, for whom the room was named, was called for service in February 2005 for deployment in Iraq. Capt. McKenna was killed in a sniper attack in Fallujah, Iraq while trying to drag an injured Marine to safety. McKenna received various military medals and awards, including: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Medal. McKenna also served as a New York State Trooper, and during his employment in Troop G, he patrolled the Albany International Airport.
The room will occupy a space formerly used as an airport training room. Construction is underway, and will consist of the movement of one wall, and the installation of electric and plumbing fixtures. The project has been completely funded by donation. Monetary donations are still encouraged, as the room will depend on them to continue operation. Checks are accepted through the mail at 737 Albany Shaker Road, 12211. Visit www.jmckennamilitary
courtesyroom.org for information.