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J01328 Summary:

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J01328 Actions:

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10/18/2021REFERRED TO FINANCE
01/11/2022REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
01/11/2022ADOPTED
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J01328 Text:

 
Senate Resolution No. 1328
 
BY: Senator TEDISCO
 
        COMMENDING Robert W. Van Pelt upon the occasion of
        his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the
        highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New
        York State Senate
 
  WHEREAS,  Members  of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so  valiantly  and  honorably  in  wars  in  which  this
country's  freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
 
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Robert  W.
Van  Pelt upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty
Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual  by  the  New  York
State Senate; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is  awarded  to  individuals  who  have  merited  special
commendation  for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and
 
  WHEREAS, Retired Command Sergeant Major Robert W. Van  Pelt  proudly
served his country for 42 years as a member of the United States Army in
numerous  assignments  in  the Active Army, Army National Guard and Army
Reserve from 1969 until his retirement in June 2011; and
 
  WHEREAS, Robert W. Van Pelt began his illustrious military career as
a draftee in March of 1969;  while  attending  Basic  Training  at  Fort
Jackson,  South  Carolina,  he  reenlisted  and  selected  Fixed Station
Automatic  Digital  Network  Technical  Controller   as   his   Military
Occupation Specialty; and
 
  WHEREAS, After completing school, Robert W. Van Pelt was assigned to
the  First  Signal  Brigade,  Phu Lam, Republic of Vietnam, serving from
February of 1970 to February of 1971; following his tour in Vietnam,  he
was  assigned to the United States Army Strategic Communications Command
at Camp Darby, Coltano, Italy, until December of 1971; and
 
  WHEREAS, Robert W. Van Pelt then left active duty and joined the New
York Army National Guard where he served as a Multichannel  Radio  Chief
with   the   187th   Signal   Group;  some  years  later,  civilian  job
opportunities took him to Tennessee where he continued his  Army  career
serving  as the Communications Chief for Company A, 3/109 Armor with the
Tennessee Army National Guard; and
 
  WHEREAS, After returning to New York, Robert W.  Van  Pelt  rejoined
the  New  York  Army  National  Guard where he rose through the ranks to
Sergeant Major in March of 1987, and served as the  operations  Sergeant
Major for the 187th Signal Brigade; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Appointed  to  Command  Sergeant Major in October of 1991,
this brave soldier served as the Command Sergeant Major  for  the  242nd
Signal  Battalion,  1-101st  Cavalry,  187th  Signal Brigade, 53rd Troop
 
Command, and managed the Empire State Military Academy Signal School  in
Farmingdale, Long Island; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Command Sergeant Major Robert W. Van Pelt's leadership and
duty performance resulted in  his  selection  as  the  Division  Command
Sergeant  Major  for  the  historic  42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division in
1998; and
 
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, his distinguished Army  career  culminated  in
June of 2001, with his appointment as the Command Sergeant Major for the
New  York  National  Guard,  the  esteemed  position  he  held until his
retirement in June of 2011; and
 
  WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to  serving  his
country  and  fellow Veterans, Robert W. Van Pelt accepted a position as
the New York National Guard Employer Support of the  Guard  and  Reserve
program manager; in this capacity, he was instrumental in developing and
maintaining   the   NYNG  Job  Zone  website  and  was  able  to  foster
relationships  between  Veteran  friendly  employers  and  the   Reserve
Components; and
 
  WHEREAS,   This   extraordinary   man   also  established  a  strong
relationship with  the  U.S.  Chamber  of  Commerce  which  led  to  his
organization  of  27  job  fairs  for Servicemembers, Veterans and their
family members throughout New York State; furthermore, he  has  attended
countless Yellow Ribbon events for both deploying and returning Soldiers
across New York State; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Even  after  retiring  in June of 2017, Robert W. Van Pelt
continues to attend  these  Yellow  Ribbon  events  in  support  of  our
Servicemembers  and  also  gave tirelessly of his time and energies as a
New York National Guard Transition Assistant Advisor,  aiding  New  York
Guardsmen in their transition from Army service; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Robert  W.  Van  Pelt  is a longtime volunteer serving the
Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association  of  the  United
States  Army  (AUSA);  he  started  his leadership role with the Chapter
serving as the Chapter Treasurer for four  years  (2008-2012)  and  then
serving as the President for six years (2012-2018); and
 
  WHEREAS,  Today,  Robert W. Van Pelt continues his volunteer support
to his AUSA chapter serving as  the  1st  VP  (Membership)  and  Chapter
Executive  Director;  he  is  also  the  membership chairman for the 1st
Signal Brigade Association, a nationwide organization; and
 
  WHEREAS, Robert W. Van Pelt's selfless service also extends into the
local communities where, since 1997, he has served as  the  chairman  of
the  grants  committee  of  the  National Guard and Naval Militia Relief
Society of New York, Inc., an organization that supports members of  the
New  York  State  Militia  in  need; he is also a member of the Saratoga
County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Business Council and serves  on  the
Gerald B.H.  Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Volunteer Committee; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Having  exhibited  his patriotism both at home and abroad,
Robert W. Van Pelt demonstrated his love  for  his  country  and  merits
forevermore  the  highest  respect of his State and Nation; our Nation's
Veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and thanked by  the  people
 
of  the  State of New York for their service and for their dedication to
their communities, their State and their Nation; now, therefore, be it
 
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Robert W. Van Pelt upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  as
recipient  of  a  Liberty  Medal,  the  highest  honor  bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further
 
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to Robert W. Van Pelt.
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