Resolution J1806-2011

Honoring United States Army Major General Karl R. Horst upon the occasion of his designation as the Chief of Staff for the United States Central Command

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  • May 17, 2011: ADOPTED
  • May 17, 2011: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 12, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring United States Army Major General Karl R.
Horst upon the occasion of his designation as the Chief of Staff for the
United States Central Command

WHEREAS,  The dedication and sacrifices of our military personnel ensure
our continued role as a Nation which embodies the ideals  of  democracy,
and is a defender of liberty for peoples throughout the world; and
  WHEREAS,  Individuals  who  dedicate  their  lives to military service
merit the commendation and applause of all citizens for their commitment
to the preservation of American freedom; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
United States Army Major General Karl R. Horst upon the occasion of  his
designation as the Chief of Staff for the United States Central Command;
and
  WHEREAS,  On  June  3,  2011,  Major General Karl R. Horst will change
command and become the Chief of Staff  for  the  United  States  Central
Command located at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida; and
  WHEREAS,  The  United  States  Central  Command (CENTCOM) is one of 10
combatant commands in the United States military;  located  between  the
European  and Pacific combatant commands, CENTCOM's area of responsibil-
ity covers the "central" area of the globe and consists of 20  countries
--  Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait,
Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria,  Tajik-
istan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen; and
  WHEREAS,  The  mission  of CENTCOM is, with national and international
partners, to promote cooperation among nations, respond to  crises,  and
deter  or  defeat state and nonstate aggression; it supports development
and, when necessary, reconstruction in order to establish the conditions
for regional security, stability, and prosperity; and
  WHEREAS, Enlisting in the Army on June 22, 1973, Major General Karl R.
Horst completed Basic Combat  Training  at  Fort  Dix,  New  Jersey;  he
attended  the  United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort
Belvoir, Virginia, and subsequently received his bachelor's  degree  and
commission from the United States Military Academy in 1978; and
  WHEREAS,  Major General Karl R. Horst started his Army career with the
15th Infantry Regiment of the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Federal
Republic of Germany, where he served as a rifle and scout platoon  lead-
er;  his  company  command  was in the 47th Infantry Regiment of the 9th
Infantry  Division  (Motorized),  Fort  Lewis,  Washington;   later   he
commanded  the  2d  Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment; and the
1st Brigade, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d  Airborne  Division,
Fort  Bragg,  North  Carolina;  in  July 2004, he became the 3d Infantry
Division's assistant division  commander  (maneuver)  and  in  September
2006,  he  assumed  the  duties  as the Deputy Commanding General, XVIII
Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg; and
  WHEREAS, Major General  Karl  R.  Horst's  primary  staff  assignments
include  Battalion  S-3 in the 60th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash-
ington; Brigade S-3, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; and
Battalion S-3, 2d Battalion,  325th  Airborne  Infantry  Regiment,  Fort
Bragg;  he served an assignment on the Army staff as aide-de-camp to the
Army Chief of Staff and also served  a  joint  and  NATO  assignment  as
special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, Major General Karl R. Horst served as the chief
of staff, 82d Airborne Division; then  as  the  chief  of  staff,  XVIII
Airborne  Corps and Fort Bragg; he also served as the Director for Oper-

ations, Plans, Logistics and Engineering (J3/J4),  United  States  Joint
Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; and
  WHEREAS,  On June 23, 2009, Major General Karl R. Horst became comman-
der of the U.S. Army Military District of  Washington  and  Joint  Force
Headquarters  National  Capital  Region, and was promoted to the rank of
major general in November of that year; and
  WHEREAS, Major General Horst's military education includes the  infan-
try  officer basic and advanced courses, the Armed Forces Staff College,
and the Army War College; his civilian study includes a master's  degree
in  Public  Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania;
and
  WHEREAS, Major General Karl R.  Horst's  awards  include  the  Defense
Superior  Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (4 Oak
Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); he  has
earned  the  Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the
Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the  Army  Ranger
Tab; and
  WHEREAS,  In  all  his  official acts, Major General Karl R. Horst has
been governed by a sense of loyalty, duty and honor that allowed him  to
be a natural leader; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout his extraordinary and outstanding military service
career,  Major General Karl R. Horst has earned the respect, admiration,
esteem and affection of his fellow members of the Armed  Forces  of  the
United  States,  and  of his friends, family and colleagues; now, there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  United  States Army Major General Karl R. Horst upon the occasion
of his designation as the Chief of Staff for the United  States  Central
Command; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Major General Karl R. Horst.

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