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Local Trooper Promoted to Master SGT and Takes New Assignment

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The Connecticut State Police promoted nine Sergeants to Master Sergeant and one Trooper to Sergeant during a ceremony today at State Police Headquarters. James C. Rovella, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Colonel Stavros Mellekas, Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police, formally promoted the Troopers in a socially distanced manner.

One Trooper that was promoted is very familiar with Eastern Ct including Jewett City, Griswold, and Lisbon.

Master Sergeant Albert Gosselin:  Master Sergeant Albert Gosselin was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned as Executive Officer at Troop F in Westbrook. With 17 years as a Trooper, Sgt. Gosselin has served at Troop D in Danielson, Troop E in Montville, Troop F in Westbrook, and as Resident Trooper Sergeant in Montville. He holds a B.S. from Norwich University.

Here is a list of more Troopers that were promoted:

Master Sergeant Dean Aresco M/Sgt. Aresco was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned as
Executive Officer at Troop I in Bethany. A Trooper for nearly 16 years, M/Sgt. Aresco served at Troop F, at
Troop H in Hartford, Troop E in Montville and as an instructor at the State Police Training Academy. He holds
a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Connecticut.

Master Sergeant Mathieu Asselin M/Sgt. Asselin was promoted from Sergeant and will serve as
Executive Officer at Troop H in Hartford. In more than 14 years as a Trooper, M/Sgt. Asselin has served at
Troop B in North Canaan, Troop H, Troop C in Tolland and as Resident Trooper in East Granby. In addition, he
has been assigned to Professional Standards, Eastern District Major Crime Squad, Chief of Staff for the Colonel
and, in his most recent assignment, as Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Colonel in the Office of Field Operations.
M/Sgt. Asselin has earned the agency’s Medal for Outstanding Service and a Unit Citation, in addition to
numerous awards from MADD. He was a Trooper with New Hampshire State Police for seven years prior to
moving to Connecticut and holds a B.A. from St. Anselm College.

Master Sergeant Wilfred J. Blanchette III M/Sgt. Blanchette was promoted from Sergeant and will
serve as Executive Officer at Troop E in Montville. A Trooper for more than 20 years, he has previously served
at Troop E, Troop K in Colchester, and Troop D in Danielson. M/Sgt. Blanchette also served as a detective in
the Eastern District Major Crime Squad, as Resident Trooper Supervisor in East Lyme, and as Acting
Commanding Officer in the Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit. He has earned two Medals for Meritorious Service, three Lifesaving Awards, two Medals for Outstanding Service and two Unit Citations. In addition, he has been awarded the TFC Allan J. Tuskowski Award and the LTC Leslie Williams Award from CSP. He previously served with the Ledyard Police Department and earned a B.A. from Eastern CT State University.

Master Sergeant Brett Davison M/Sgt. Davison was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned
as Executive Officer at Troop C in Tolland. With 13 years as a Trooper, M/Sgt. Davison served at Troop K in
Colchester, Troop D in Danielson, Troop C in Tolland and Troop H in Hartford, as well as Resident Trooper in
Mansfield and Tolland. He earned a Medal for Outstanding Service and a MADD recognition award. M/Sgt.
Davison holds a B.S. from Western New England University.

Master Sergeant Michael Dogali M/Sgt. Dogali was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned
as Executive Officer at Troop G in Bridgeport. A Trooper for more than 15 years, M/Sgt. Dogali has served at
Troop A, Troop L and Troop G. He also was a school resource officer at both Kaynor and Abbott Technical
High Schools. He has earned the agency’s Medal for Meritorious Service and Unit Citation. He holds a B.S.
from Central CT State University.

Master Sergeant Eric Haglund M/Sgt. Haglund was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned
as Executive Officer at Troop D in Danielson, where he most recently served as Sergeant. During 13 years as a
Trooper, M/Sgt. Haglund has also served at Troop E in Montville and in the Public Information Office. He
holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts.

Master Sergeant Jack Kulig M/Sgt. Jack Kulig was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned as
Executive Officer at Troop A in Southbury. He most recently served as Sergeant in the Central District Major
Crime Squad. During 17 years as a Trooper, M/Sgt. Kulig has been at Troop F in Westbrook, Troop I and Troop
G in Bridgeport. He served as an investigator in the Bureau of Professional Standards. He has earned the
agency’s Medal for Meritorious Service, a Lifesaving Award and a Unit Citation. He holds a B.S. from
Westfield State College.

Master Sergeant Gregory Zordan M/Sgt. Zordan was promoted from Sergeant and has been assigned
as Executive Officer at Troop B in North Canaan. In his 14 years with CSP, he has served at Troop A in
Southbury, Troop L in Litchfield, Troop H in Hartford, Troop B in North Canaan and as Harwinton Resident
Trooper. He earned a B.S. from the University of New Haven.

Sergeant Joshua Holcombe Sgt. Joshua Holcombe was promoted from Trooper First Class and has
been assigned to Troop H in Hartford. A Trooper for nearly 15 years, Sgt. Holcombe has served at Troop L in
Litchfield, Troop B in North Canaan and as the Resident Trooper in East Granby. Sgt. Holcombe has served
with The Connecticut Army National Guard since 2012. He has earned the agency’s Medal for Outstanding
Service. He holds a B.S. from Saint. Anselm College.

 

 

Written by: Mike Minarsky

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