Resolution J2266-2013

Honoring Colonel Donald Bernstein on his retirement after 20 years of distinguished service with the Minisink Valley High School JROTC Program



  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Colonel Donald Bernstein upon the occa-
sion of his retirement after 20 years of distinguished service with  the
Minisink Valley High School JROTC Program

WHEREAS,  Individuals who distinguish themselves in their profession and
in service to their country and community merit  the  highest  commenda-
tion; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  his  distinguished military career in the United
States Army, Colonel Donald Bernstein served with  distinction  in  many
capacities; and
  WHEREAS,  From  1958  through  1960, Colonel Bernstein was an Airborne
Infantry Platoon Leader, Chemical, Biological  and  Radiological  School
Instructor  and  Recondo  School Operations and Training Officer at Fort
Campbell, Kentucky; and
  WHEREAS, From 1961 through 1963, Colonel Bernstein was an Aviator  and
a  Training,  Supply  and Logistics Officer in the 8th Infantry Division
Aviation Artillery Flight Company and Battalion at the Army's  Baumhold-
er, Finthin and Bad Kreuznack bases in Germany; and
  WHEREAS,  He  was  the  Company Commander, Advanced Infantry Training,
Vietnam at Fort Dix, New Jersey from 1965-1966; and
  WHEREAS, From 1966-1968, Colonel Bernstein was the Executive and Oper-
ations Officer for the  225th  Surveillance  Aviation  Company  at  Fort
Lewis, Washington and at Phu Hiep in Vietnam; and
  WHEREAS, From 1969 through 1970, he served as the Battalion Commander,
Advanced Infantry Training, Vietnam at Fort Lewis, Washington; and, from
1970  through  1971, he was an Army Surveillance Officer, with the Joint
Intelligence, Military Assistance Command, in Vietnam; and
  WHEREAS, Colonel Bernstein, in addition, was a Professor  of  Military
Science  at  Old  Dominion  University in Norfolk, Virginia from 1972 to
1975 and, from 1975 through 1978, he again served in Germany, this  time
in  Frankfurt  as  the Inspector General of the 5th Support Command, 5th
Corps; and
  WHEREAS, A highly decorated  officer,  Colonel  Bernstein  earned  the
Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster, the Air Medal with 17 clus-
ters,  the  Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with two clusters, an
Expert Infantryman Badge and Ranger Tab, Senior Airborne  Wings,  Senior
Aviator Wings and several additional awards and decorations; and
  WHEREAS,  Following  his  distinguished  service  in the United States
Army, Colonel Bernstein began a new career in which he also served  with
distinction; and
  WHEREAS,  For 27 continuous years Colonel Bernstein taught high school
JROTC in two high school JROTC programs,  one  in  the  Minisink  Valley
Central School District, Slate Hill, New York, and the other at Lakewood
High School in New Jersey; and
  WHEREAS,  Colonel  Bernstein  and Ronni, his wife of 57 years, are the
proud and loving parents of Steven and his wife Sherry  and  Laurie  and
her husband Joe, and the devoted grandparents of Brian, Morgan, Raichel,
Niaomi, and Danielle; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  exhibited  his  patriotism  both at home and abroad,
Colonel Donald Bernstein has demonstrated his love for his  country  and
his community, and merits, forevermore, the highest respect of his State
and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Colonel Donald Bernstein upon the occasion of his retirement after
20 years of distinguished service with the Minisink Valley  High  School
JROTC Program; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Colonel Donald Bernstein.


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