Saratoga County

Trottier gets a warm welcome home

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave former Hadley town supervisor Jeffrey J. Trottier

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The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave former Hadley town supervisor Jeffrey J. Trottier a special welcome home.

Trottier, a technical sergeant with the Air National Guard, returned in May from a deployment in Iraq. Meeting in Ballston Spa, supervisors unanimously passed a resolution — which all 23 members co-sponsored — welcoming him home and expressing “deep gratitude” for his service to the country.

He’s one of the few local elected officials to be called to active National Guard duty because of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lost a Republican primary for re-election last fall while he was in training after he was called up, before his six-month deployment started.

“He never complained. It was his duty to his country,” said Charlton Supervisor Alan R. Grattidge, who became friends with Trottier after both came onto the county board together in January 2006.

Trottier, an intelligence analyst with the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing based in Glenville, has been circumspect about his location and duties in Iraq.

However, after receiving a copy of the resolution, he presented the county with an American flag that he said has been flown on an air mission “somewhere over Iraq.”

“I’m totally thrilled and honored to be here,” said Trottier, who was accompanied by his wife, Laurie, and other members of the 109th Airlift Wing.

Laurie Trottier was also thanked in the resolution. Grattidge noted that she had been clearing the home driveway with a snowblower at the same time as her husband was in the triple-digit heat of the war zone.

Trottier, 46, said he had some sense of how his wife felt waiting for his return, since they had also waited at home while their Marine son served two deployments in Iraq.

Trottier said he has no regrets about his own deployment, even though he lost his elective office.

“If I had it to do over again, I would go again,” he said. “It’s important to remember that there are a lot of Saratoga County residents serving overseas.”

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