Resolution J4841-2013

Honoring Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson posthumously 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

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  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson
posthumously 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, The courage and bravery of our  military  personnel  since  the
United States Armed Forces commenced Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Opera-
tion  Enduring Freedom, will ensure our continued role as a Nation which
embodies the ideals of democracy, and  as  a  defender  of  liberty  for
people throughout the world; and
  WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have  served  so valiantly and honorably during Operation Iraqi Freedom,
and Operation Enduring Freedom,  deserve  a  special  salute  from  this
Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor Master
Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson posthumously 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  a
resolution  in  2014  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, Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson was born on February 7,
1975,  in  Albany,  New  York; his family moved to Kinderhook, New York,
where he attended Ichabod Crane Central School; and
  WHEREAS, In 1993, after graduating from Smithson Valley High School in
Spring Branch, Texas, Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson began  serv-
ing his country as a member of the United States Army as an Infantryman;
and
  WHEREAS,  Upon  his  completion  of  Initial  Entry Training and Basic
Airborne School, Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson was  assigned  to
Delta  Company,  325th  Infantry  Battalion  Fort Bragg, North Carolina,
where he served for three years as a Tow Gunner and Squad Leader; and
  WHEREAS, In the fall of 1996, Master Sergeant  Benjamin  A.  Stevenson
reclassified  to an Aircraft Power Plant Repairer, and was then assigned
to Delta Company, 82nd Aviation Battalion where he served as an aircraft
power plant repairer and supervisor for 18 months; subsequently, he  was
assigned  overseas  to Katterbach, Germany, where he served two years as
an aircraft power plant repairer  and  supervisor  with  Alpha  Company,
601st Aviation Support Battalion; and
  WHEREAS,  In  January  of  2000, Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson
attended and graduated from the  United  States  Army  John  F.  Kennedy
Special  Warfare  Center  and  School to become a Special Forces weapons
sergeant; upon graduation, he was assigned to Bravo Company 3rd  Battal-
ion,  5th  Special  Forces  Group  at  Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he
served as a junior and senior weapons sergeant, a Special Forces  intel-
ligence sergeant, and assistant operations sergeant; and
  WHEREAS, While assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Master
Sergeant  Benjamin  A. Stevenson deployed once to Afghanistan for Opera-
tion Enduring Freedom, and three times to Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
  WHEREAS, In May of 2006, Master Sergeant  Benjamin  A.  Stevenson  was
assigned  as  a  special  operations team member with United States Army
Special Operations Command (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina;  he
performed  this  duty  for five years, deploying four times to Operation
Iraqi Freedom, and twice more  to  Afghanistan  for  Operation  Enduring
Freedom; and

  WHEREAS,  Master  Sergeant  Benjamin A. Stevenson was the recipient of
numerous awards and accolades  for  his  exceptional  service,  courage,
wisdom,  and  determination,  some  of which include: Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal  with  Valor
Device,  Army  Commendation  Medal  with Valor Device, Army Commendation
Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Merito-
rious United Award, Army Good Conduct Medal,  National  Defense  Service
Medal,  Kosovo  Campaign  Medal  with  Bronze  Service Star, Afghanistan
Campaign Medal with Three Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal  with  Six
Campaign  Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Bronze
Arrowhead, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; he was posthumous-
ly awarded the Purple Heart, and the Defense Meritorious Service  Medal;
and
  WHEREAS,  Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson died on July 21, 2011,
at the age of 36, during a United States and Afghan  special  operations
mission  in  Afghanistan's Paktika province; he is survived by his wife,
and their two sons, as well as his mother, Laura M. Lane,  all  of  whom
feel  privileged  to  be  a part of his life and rejoice in his achieve-
ments; and
  WHEREAS, Today, three years after his death, the bravery and  willing-
ness  of Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson to fight for the lives of
his fellow human beings, continues to inspire, and is deserving  of  the
highest honor by all defenders of freedom; and
  WHEREAS,  Residents  of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must  recognize
that  no  greater  debt  is  owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to  be  missing
in action; 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
honor  Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson posthumously upon the occa-
sion 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 tran-
smitted to the family of Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson.
.SO DOC S R4841                                  RESO TEXT            2013

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