J4841

Honoring Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, th...

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  • 05 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • ADOPTED

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J4841


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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