United States Army
Valenti enlisted in the Delaware Army National
Guard on 16 March 2012 as a 25Q (Multichannel
Transmission Systems Operator/Maintainer). He
graduated Basic Combat Training from Fort Jackson,
South Carolina on 23 August 2012. He is
assigned to Company A, 198th Expeditionary Signal
Battalion, the same unit as Rogers and Wallen.
Fort Miles & the 261st Coast Artillery
Lieutenant Valenti was born in Lewes, DE in 1994, growing up
just down the road from Fort Miles. As he was
becoming more interested in World War II, and the
history of his hometown, he talked to his friend
Captain Wallen, who is the current Battalion Executive
Officer at Fort Miles. After taking a tour, he
instantly fell in love with the fort. Wanting to
take part in the restoration of Battery 519, Valenti
joined the 261st Coast Artillery on 15 September
2011. He was appointed to Company Clerk
shortly after, and promoted to Private First Class.
As Company Clerk, Valenti was responsible for the
in-processing and out-processing of unit members at
events, and maintaining records of all personnel.
After helping to create new documents, and a brand
new filing system for the Fort Miles volunteer
database, Valenti was promoted to Technician, Fifth
Grade. In September 2012, Valenti applied for
the position of Range Officer, wanting to have more
of an impact within the unit. Upon gaining the
position, he was promoted to Officer Candidate.
Valenti completed his Officer Candidate
training on 15 March 2013 and accepted his
commission as Range Officer on 16 March 2013.
He was appointed as the Administrative Officer when
the battery was redesignated Headquarters,
261CA SEP BN on 27 January 2014.
When not at Fort Miles, LT Valenti attends college
at the University of Delaware. He is pursuing a
degree in Psychology. Valenti frequents the shooting
range, firing anything from a P08 Luger, to his 1917
Enfield. He loves attending any reenactment
event he can get to, and collecting WWII artifacts,
including field desks and fountain pens. He
also has a corgi, named Quinn.