Resolution J1374-2013

Mourning the untimely death of Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, and paying tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the United States Army

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  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  untimely death of Captain Andrew
Michael Pedersen-Keel, and paying tribute to his courageous actions as a
member of the United States Army

WHEREAS, It is with feelings of deepest  regret  that  this  Legislative
Body  mourns the untimely death of Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel,
and pays tribute to his courageous actions as a  member  of  the  United
States Army; and
  WHEREAS,  Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel was mortally wounded in Afghan-
istan on Monday, March 11, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Andrew Pedersen-Keel was born  on  June  8,  1984,  in  South
Miami,  Florida,  and grew up in Madison, Connecticut; he graduated from
Avon Old Farms High School and entered the United States Army in May  of
2006  after  earning  a  Bachelor  of  Science  degree in American Legal
Studies from the  United  States  Military  Academy  and  then  becoming
commissioned as an Infantry Officer; and
  WHEREAS,  After  completing  the officer basic course at Fort Benning,
Andrew Pedersen-Keel arrived at his  first  assignment  as  an  Infantry
Rifle  Platoon Leader with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Light) at
Fort Hood, Texas in June of 2007; in June of 2008, he  deployed  with  A
Company,  2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment in support of OEF IIX and
IX as an executive officer; and
  WHEREAS, Andrew Pedersen-Keel was selected for a second platoon  lead-
ership  position in September of 2008 with 3rd Platoon, B Company, where
he remained for the remainder of that deployment; as a Platoon Leader in
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, he led his platoon in  over  150  combat
foot patrols and three air assault operations in a platoon area of oper-
ations that included five different villages; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon returning from this deployment Andrew Pedersen-Keel was
identified as the new Battalion S-1 Administrative Officer in  September
of  2009,  and  he oversaw the manning drawdown of 2-2 Infantry Regiment
during 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry  Division's  BRAC  directed  transition
from  Fort  Hood,  Texas  to Fort Knox, Kentucky; upon completion of the
troop drawdown, and formal encasement of the unit  colors,  he  attended
Special  Forces  Assessment and Selection in November 2009; in September
of 2010, he graduated from the Maneuver Captains Career Course  at  Fort
Knox  and  began  the Special Forces Qualification Course in November of
2010, where he also studied Pashto during the language phase; and
  WHEREAS, In 2011, Andrew Pedersen-Keel completed  the  Special  Forces
Qualification  Course and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special
Forces Group where he served as an ODA Commander until his last  deploy-
ment  in  August of 2012 as an ODA Commander in Afghanistan; at the time
of his death, he was deeply involved in training the Afghan Army; and
  WHEREAS, Captain Pedersen-Keel's awards and  decorations  include  the
Combat  Infantryman  Badge,  the  Expert  Infantryman  Badge, two Bronze
Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service  Medal,
the  Afghanistan  Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary
Medal, the NATO Metal, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, Pathfinder Badge,
Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge; he is posthumously receiv-
ing a third Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in a ceremony at Fort  Bragg;
and
  WHEREAS, We must never forget the courage with which our men and women
served  this  country,  and  must recognize that no greater debt is owed
than that owed to those who  give  of  their  lives  for  their  beloved
Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Captain  Andrew  Pedersen-Keel  is  survived by his fiancee,
Celeste Pizza, parents, Helen Pedersen Keiser and Bob Keiser of Madison,

Connecticut, and Henry Keel of Pompano Beach, Florida; his sister, Mary,
and many loving, close family and friends; and
  WHEREAS,  The  freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military in times of  conflict;
it  is fitting and proper that we who are the beneficiaries of those who
risk their lives, leaving their families behind,  express  our  appreci-
ation  and  eternal  gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  untimely  death of Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel, and
pay tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the  United  States
Army; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel.

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