Resolution J22-2013

Commending the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the LI Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard on presenting the colors at session

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 14, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet
Squadron from the Long Island Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color  Guard
upon  the  occasion of presenting the colors at the start of the session
of the New York State Senate, January 14, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who are devoted to the welfare  of  the  community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
the  Colonel  Francis  S.  Gabreski  Cadet Squadron from the Long Island
Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard upon the occasion of  present-
ing the colors at the start of the session of the New York State Senate,
to be held on Monday, January 14, 2013, at the New York State Capitol in
Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacri-
fice and service to country and community that spans decades; the organ-
ization  was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor;
and
  WHEREAS, Thousands of  volunteer  members  of  the  Civil  Air  Patrol
answered  America's  call to national service and sacrifice by accepting
and performing critical wartime missions; and
  WHEREAS, On July 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed Public  Law
476 incorporating the Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organ-
ization;  on  May  26,  1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently
establishing the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary  of  the  new  United
States Air Force; and
  WHEREAS,  Three  primary mission areas were set forth at the inception
of the Civil Air Patrol: aerospace education, cadet programs, and  emer-
gency services; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  Civil  Air  Patrol handles 90 percent of inland
search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year;
its members are generally the first on the scene transmitting  satellite
digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and provid-
ing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and manmade
disasters,  including  such  phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas
and Oklahoma wildfires,  tornadoes  in  the  south  and  central  United
States,  North  Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in
Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along  the  United  States  and
Mexican border; and
  WHEREAS,  In  response  to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy,
the Civil Air Patrol's New York Wing promptly  reacted  by:  flying  373
damage  assessment  sorties, and providing 143,360 aerial photographs to
New York disaster relief organizations, FEMA and the Army Corps of Engi-
neers; providing air transportation throughout the affected  region  for
disaster  response teams; deploying 30 volunteers to assist with shelter
operations conducted by the New York City Office  of  Emergency  Manage-
ment;  and  installing  40  volunteers  to assist the Red Cross with the
logistics of relief supplies; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Civil Air Patrol members are dedicated to  coun-
terdrug  reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace
and its impact on our  future;  its  cadet  programs  ensure  our  youth
receive the finest leadership training the Nation has to offer; and
  WHEREAS, The members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron
from  the Long Island Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard include:

Dennis Woytowitz of Selden, New York; Debbie Woytowitz  of  Selden,  New
York;  Thor  Hawrey  of Miller Place, New York; Ed Nelson of Manorville,
New York; Peter Tsakonas of  Port  Jefferson  Station,  New  York;  Alex
Woytowitz  of Selden, New York; Christopher Russo of Sayville, New York;
Connor Morse of Holbrook, New York;  Richard  Breier  of  Holbrook,  New
York; Josh Medina of Selden, New York; and Louis Fenech of Sayville, New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  The Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day,
going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's commu-
nities; and
  WHEREAS, This occasion presents a unique opportunity for this Legisla-
tive Body to recognize and pay tribute to the  members  of  the  Colonel
Francis  S.  Gabreski  Cadet  Squadron from the Long Island Group of the
Civil Air Patrol Color Guard; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions  of  such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this great Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the  Colonel  Francis  S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long
Island Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard and  its  members  upon
the occasion of presenting the colors at the start of the session of the
New York State Senate; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Colonel Jack Ozer, New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol, and the
aforementioned members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron
from the Long Island Group of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard.

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