J2148

Commending Robert F. Jette posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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J2148



Senate Resolution No. 2148

BY: Senator JORDAN

COMMENDING Robert F. Jette 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, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Robert F.
Jette 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, to be presented at the Columbia County Honor a
Deceased Veteran Ceremony on Monday, June 24, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution 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, Robert F. Jette was born on November 3, 1943, to Lucille
(Marcil) and Felix Jette in Adams, Massachusetts, where he attended both
Notre Dame Elementary and Adams High School; after graduating, he earned
his associate's degree from Berkshire Community College in 1963; and

WHEREAS, On September 11, 1963, Robert F. Jette enlisted in the
United States Air Force and proudly served his country as a Senior
Airman (SrA) with the 62 Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air
Force Base in Michigan; and

WHEREAS, SrA Robert F. Jette's Squadron was a part of the 410th
Bombardment Wing (SAC) which was made up of the McDonnell F-101 (Voodoo)
supersonic jet fighter; its mission was to maintain an alert against a
Soviet bomber threat; and

WHEREAS, The remainder of SrA Robert F. Jette's enlistment would be
servicing the weapons control systems of the F-101 squadron as it
maintained the air defense in North America; and

WHEREAS, For his meritorious service, SrA Robert F. Jette was
awarded the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal,
and the National Defense Medal; in August of 1967, he was recognized as
Avionics Man of the Month, and in September of 1967, he was named Airman
of the Month; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military service on September
10, 1969, Robert F. Jette returned to his hometown and received his
bachelor's degree in finance from North Adams State College in 1977; he
then worked as a financial hospital comptroller for Columbia Memorial
Hospital in Hudson, New York, retiring in 2013, after many years of
service; and

WHEREAS, Active in his community, Robert F. Jette served as
President of the Lions Club from 1983-1984, and was a communicant at St.
John the Baptist church in Valatie, New York; he also volunteered his
time and energies at the Valatie Food Pantry; and

WHEREAS, When he was not working or helping someone, Robert F. Jette
enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether it was golfing, skiing, hiking
or mountain climbing, and was an avid college basketball fan; he also
loved watching his grandchildren play sports; and

WHEREAS, Robert F. Jette died on February 5, 2016, at the age of 72,
and was buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams; he is survived by his
wife, Jacqueline; one daughter, Lisa; one son, Ryan; and two
grandchildren; 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, Having exhibited his patriotism both at home and abroad,
Robert F. Jette demonstrated his love for his country and merits
forevermore the highest respect of his State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Robert F. Jette 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 be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Robert F. Jette.

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  • 14 / Aug / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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