senate Bill S2661

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the "War on Terror expeditionary medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving abroad during the war on terror

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Feb 04, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jan 23, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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Feb 4, 2014 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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S2661 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3144
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง247, Mil L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3096, A5209
2009-2010: S4113, A7251

S2661 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the "War on Terror expeditionary medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving abroad in certain military operations during the war on terror.

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BILL NUMBER:S2661 REVISED 6/3/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the military law, in relation to
providing for the "War on Terror expeditionary medal" to be granted to
those who provided certain military service abroad

PURPOSE: To establish the "War on Terror Expeditionary Medal" for
members of the armed forces or organized militia who served abroad
during the War on Terror.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend section 247 of the
military law, to provide that the governor is hereby authorized to
present in the name of the legislature of the state of New York, a
military decoration, to be known as the "War on Terror Expeditionary
Medal", bearing a suitable inscription, device and ribbon, all of
which shall be of suitable design, to any person:

(i) who is a citizen of the state of New York or

(ii) who was a citizen of the state of New York while serving in the
armed forces of the United States or the organized militia, and who,
while serving in the United States Armed Forces, defined as the army,
air force, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or the organized militia
served on active duty during the War on Terror.

For the purposes of this subdivision, "War on Terror" would mean
deployment abroad in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as
defined by the Department of Defense, in the following designated
specific geographic areas: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria (Bourgas), Chad, Crete, Cyprus, Diego
Garcia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran,
Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (only specific Global
War on Terrorism operations not associated with the Kosovo campaign as
defined by the Departent of Defense), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania
(Constanta), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey,
Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, that
portion of the Arabian Sea north of ten degrees north latitude and
west of sixty-eight degrees west longitude, Bab el Mandeb, Gulf of
Aden, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Suez, that portion of the
Mediterranean Sea east of twenty-eight degrees east longitude and
boarding and searching vessel operations, Persian Gulf, Red Sea,
Strait of Hormuz, and Suez Canal.

This bill would further provide that not more than one War on Terror
medal shall be issued to anyone person; nor shall any citation be
awarded or presentation, under the provisions of this subdivision, to
any person whose entire service subsequent to the time of the receipt
of such medal shall not have been honorable.

This bill would additionally provide that in the event of the death of
any person during or subsequent to the receipt of such medal shall be
presented to such representative of the deceased as may be designated.
The adjutant general would further make such rules and regulations as
may be deemed necessary for the proper presentation and distribution
of such decorations.


JUSTIFICATION: The Global War on Terror has seen some of the fiercest
and most heroic fighting for our liberty and security since World War
Two. From Iraq to Afghanistan to all across the globe, American
Service men have placed their lives at risk in defense of freedom, and
to strive to reduce and eliminate the horrific threat of terrorism.

Service members who have participated in this action, have often done
so at significant personal cost to themselves and their families.

This bill would allow the such veterans residing in New York to be
honored and awarded for their dedicated service.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3096 of 2013 - Reported to Senate Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2661

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to providing for the  "War
  on  Terror  expeditionary  medal"  to be granted to those who provided
  certain military service abroad

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivisions 1-a and 4 of section 247 of the military law,
subdivision 1-a as added and subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 184  of
the laws of 1998, are amended and a new subdivision 1-b is added to read
as follows:
  1-a.  The  governor is hereby authorized to present in the name of the
legislature of the state of New York, a military decoration, to be known
as the "conspicuous  service  star",  bearing  a  suitable  inscription,
device,  and  ribbon,  all  of which shall be of suitable design, to any
person (i) who is a citizen of the state of New York or (ii) who  was  a
citizen  of  the  state of New York while serving in the armed forces of
the United States, and who, while serving in  the  United  States  Armed
Forces,  defined as army, air force, navy, marine corps, or coast guard,
has, or shall have received a United States unit level decoration denot-
ing combat participation and foreign unit awards, issued from a company,
regimental, brigade, or division commander, or equivalent naval unit, or
issued by the President of the United States, the Congress of the United
States, the United States Defense Department  or  the  joint  chiefs  of
staff,  such  as,  but not limited to, a presidential unit citation or a
joint meritorious unit award. Not more than one conspicuous service star
shall be issued to any one person; nor shall any citation be awarded  or
presented, under the provisions of this subdivision, to any person whose
entire  service subsequent to the time of the receipt of such star shall
not have been honorable. For each succeeding star  as  provided  herein,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07151-01-3

S. 2661                             2

such  person shall be entitled to wear, as the [chief of staff] ADJUTANT
GENERAL of the state may direct, a ribbon whose color and  design  shall
be selected by the division of [miliary] MILITARY AND NAVAL affairs.  In
the event of the death of any person during or subsequent to the receipt
of such citation the conspicuous service star shall be presented to such
representative  of  the  deceased  as  may  be designated. The [chief of
staff] ADJUTANT GENERAL shall make such rules and regulations as may  be
deemed  necessary  for  the proper presentation and distribution of such
decorations.
  1-B. (A) THE GOVERNOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PRESENT IN THE  NAME  OF
THE  LEGISLATURE  OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, A MILITARY DECORATION, TO BE
KNOWN AS THE "WAR ON TERROR EXPEDITIONARY  MEDAL",  BEARING  A  SUITABLE
INSCRIPTION,  DEVICE  AND  RIBBON,  ALL  OF  WHICH  SHALL BE OF SUITABLE
DESIGN, TO ANY PERSON (I) WHO IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW  YORK  OR
(II)  WHO  WAS  A  CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHILE SERVING IN THE
ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE  ORGANIZED  MILITIA,  AND  WHO,
WHILE  SERVING  IN  THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, DEFINED AS THE ARMY,
AIR FORCE, NAVY, MARINE CORPS OR COAST GUARD, OR THE  ORGANIZED  MILITIA
SERVED  ON  ACTIVE DUTY DURING THE WAR ON TERROR.  NOT MORE THAN ONE WAR
ON TERROR EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL SHALL BE ISSUED TO  ANY  ONE  PERSON;  NOR
SHALL ANY CITATION BE AWARDED OR PRESENTED, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SUBDIVISION,  TO  ANY PERSON WHOSE ENTIRE SERVICE SUBSEQUENT TO THE TIME
OF THE RECEIPT OF SUCH MEDAL SHALL NOT HAVE  BEEN  HONORABLE.  FOR  EACH
SUCCEEDING  MEDAL  AS PROVIDED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH PERSON SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO WEAR, AS THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE  STATE  MAY  DIRECT,  A
RIBBON WHOSE COLOR AND DESIGN SHALL BE SELECTED BY THE DIVISION OF MILI-
TARY  AND  NAVAL AFFAIRS. IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON DURING
OR SUBSEQUENT TO THE RECEIPT OF SUCH CITATION THE WAR ON TERROR  EXPEDI-
TIONARY  MEDAL SHALL BE PRESENTED TO SUCH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED
AS MAY BE DESIGNATED. THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SHALL  MAKE  SUCH  RULES  AND
REGULATIONS  AS  MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER PRESENTATION AND
DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH DECORATIONS.
  (B) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "WAR ON TERROR"  SHALL  MEAN
DEPLOYMENT  ABROAD  IN OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM AND IRAQI FREEDOM, AS
DEFINED BY THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  DEFENSE,  IN  THE  FOLLOWING  DESIGNATED
SPECIFIC  GEOGRAPHIC AREAS: AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, BAHRAIN, BOSNIA-HERZE-
GOVINA, BULGARIA (BOURGAS), CHAD, CRETE, CYPRUS, DIEGO GARCIA, DJIBOUTI,
EGYPT, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GEORGIA, HUNGARY, IRAN, IRAQ, ISRAEL,  JORDON,
KAZAKHSTAN,  KENYA,  KOSOVO (ONLY SPECIFIC GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM OPER-
ATIONS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE KOSOVO CAMPAIGN AS DEFINED BY THE DEPART-
MENT OF DEFENSE), KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LEBANON, MALI, MAURITANIA,  NIGER,
OMAN,  PAKISTAN,  PHILIPPINES, QATAR, ROMANIA (CONSTANTA), SAUDI ARABIA,
SOMALIA, SYRIA, TAJIKISTAN, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN,  UGANDA,  UNITED  ARAB
EMIRATES,  UZBEKISTAN,  YEMEN,  THAT PORTION OF THE ARABIAN SEA NORTH OF
TEN DEGREES NORTH LATITUDE AND WEST OF SIXTY-EIGHT DEGREES  WEST  LONGI-
TUDE,  BAB EL MANDEB, GULF OF ADEN, GULF OF AQABA, GULF OF OMAN, GULF OF
SUEZ, THAT PORTION OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA EAST OF TWENTY-EIGHT DEGREES
EAST LONGITUDE AND BOARDING AND  SEARCHING  VESSEL  OPERATIONS,  PERSIAN
GULF, RED SEA, STRAIT OF HORMUZ, AND SUEZ CANAL.
  4.  This section shall not be construed to require that a recipient of
the conspicuous service cross [or], the conspicuous service star OR  THE
WAR  ON  TERROR  EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL has been a resident of the state of
New York at the time of his or her entry into the  United  States  army,
air force, navy, marine corps, COAST GUARD or nurses corps.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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