Resolution J5935-2013

Mourning the untimely death of Sergeant Shaina Schmigel of Medina, New York, and honoring her distinguished record as a member of the United States Army

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  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 13, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the untimely death of Sergeant Shaina
Schmigel of Medina, New York, and honoring her distinguished record as a
member of the United States Army

WHEREAS, The courage and bravery of our military personnel  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, It is with feelings of deepest regret that  this  Legislative
Body  mourns  the  untimely death of Sergeant Shaina Schmigel of Medina,
New York, and honors her distinguished record as a member of the  United
States Army; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shaina  Schmigel, a paratrooper at Fort Bragg with
the 82nd Airborne Division died during a night-time  training  drill  on
May 30, 2014, at the age of 21; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shaina Schmigel was born in Batavia, New York, and
was a 2010 graduate of Medina High School where she was very involved in
school activities including track,  cheerleading  and  winterguard;  she
enlisted in the United States Army after graduation; and
  WHEREAS,  She  began  her  military  career as a Military Intelligence
Analyst and, upon completion  of  her  Military  Intelligence  training,
Sergeant  Shaina  Schmigel  attended  the  United  States  Army Airborne
School, becoming a proud member of the Airborne community; and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant Shaina Schmigel's  first  assignment  was  to  Bravo
Company,  2nd  Brigade  Special  Troops Battalion where she served as an
Intelligence Analyst and a Signal Intelligence Analyst; she deployed  to
Iraq in the summer of 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon  return from Iraq Sergeant Shaina Schmigel was assigned
to HHC, 37th Engineer Battalion, where she participated in one  rotation
to the Joint Readiness Training Center and several Brigade and Battalion
level training exercises; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant Shaina Schmigel served with distinction in her four
years of military service; her awards and decorations include  the  Army
Achievement  Medal  with  one  oak  leaf  cluster, the Army Good Conduct
Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal,  the
Global  War  on  Terrorism  Service  Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers
Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the  Para-
chutist Badge; and
  WHEREAS,  Beloved  by  her community, Sergeant Shaina Schmigel will be
remembered for her dedication to her family, her fearlessness and deter-
mination, and her happy nature; she is survived  by  her  parents  Karie
Schmigel  and  Kim (Debbie) Dexter; her sister, Sheniqua Samol; brother,
Matthew Scroger;  half-sisters,  Amanda,  Kaycee  and  Samantha  Dexter;
maternal  grandparents,  Donald K. (Susan) Schmigel Sr.; maternal great-
grandmother, Betty Quackenbush; paternal great-grandmother Nora  Steele;
uncle,  Donald  K.  (Jennifer Zynda) Schmigel Jr.; and many dear friends
along with her military family in North Carolina; and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State 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,  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 Sergeant Shaina Schmigel, and to honor her
distinguished record as a member of the United States Army;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Sergeant Shaina Schmigel.

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