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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 53 History

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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 53

(By Senators Wells, Palumbo, Jenkins, Williams, Stollings, Laird, Oliverio, Plymale and Minard)


Recognizing the West Virginia National Guard for its service, dedication and commitment.

Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard has a long and storied tradition as a community-based defense force dating back to formation of the first militia company in what is now Berkeley County; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard's 201st Field Artillery Battalion is recognized by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry as the oldest unit in the Army with continuous active service since the 17th of February 1735; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard encompasses nearly 7,000 soldiers and airmen in more than 30 units throughout West Virginia; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard is a battle-tested organization, having deployed every unit and more than 8,000 Guard members since September 11, 2001, to defend freedom and spread democracy around the world; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard has been called to state active duty for FEMA-declared disasters more than 60 times since 1995 to help West Virginia citizens affected by natural disasters; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard plays a vital role in defending the homeland by deploying specialized weapons of mass destruction teams; assisting in vulnerability assessments on the nation's critical infrastructure; and managing unique training venues for military and civilian first responders; and
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard is committed to the state's economic development by creating job opportunities for state citizens to work on national-level military programs while raising their families right here in West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the West Virginia National Guard for its service, dedication and commitment; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the West Virginia National Guard.
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