Mourning the untimely death of Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the untimely death of Sergeant Jasper K.
Obakrairur, and paying tribute to his courageous actions as a member of
the United States Army

WHEREAS, The courage and bravery of our military personnel since the
United States Armed Forces commenced Operation Iraqi 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 Enduring Free-
dom, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
WHEREAS, It is with feelings of deepest regret that this Legislative
Body mourns the untimely death of Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur, and
pays tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the United States
Army; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur, a team leader with the 2nd
Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Moun-
tain Division died in Nerkh, Afghanistan on Monday, June 1, 2009, in a
roadside bomb attack; and
WHEREAS, The 2-87th deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
in the January 2009 timeframe; Sergeant Obakrairur of Hilo, Hawaii,
joined the United States Army in March of 2004, and served at Fort Drum
since August of that year; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur, 26 years old, was a graduate
of the Combat Life Savers Course and Warrior Leader Course among others;
previously he deployed to Afghanistan from January 2006 to May 2007; and
WHEREAS, This outstanding soldier's awards and decorations include the
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned
Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas
Service Ribbon (2), NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the
Combat Infantry Badge; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur is survived by his mother,
Florence Kambalang; father, Demei Obakrairur; and one sister; and
WHEREAS, The banner of freedom will always wave over our beloved New
York and all of America, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave;
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
mourn the untimely death of Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur, and to pay
tribute to his courageous actions 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 Jasper K. Obakrairur.


  • 26 / Apr / 2010
  • 04 / May / 2010
  • 04 / May / 2010

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative


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