MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown will officially recognize Hometown Hero USMC 1st Lt Nicholas Abbate this Tuesday.

Please join the Middletown Township Committee in Main Court Room, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 to welcome home 1st Lt Abbate.

The Middletown Support the Troops Program was reactivated in March to collect supplies for the township native and his 80-plus infantry unit. As a result nearly three-quarters of a ton of supplies were shipped to Afghanistan in April.

Abbate a weapons company platoon commander, and his 80-plus member infantry unit were dispersed throughout the Helmond Province. Abbate is a graduate of St. James Grammar School and Christian Brothers Academy. He graduated in 2006 from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a minor in French and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2007 he graduated from The Basic School, Quantico Virginia and was recognized on the Commanding General’s Honor Roll for superior achievement. After completing the Infantry Officer Course he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment Marines stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Abbate served a tour of duty in Iraq before heading to Afghanistan.