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  • Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas

    by Representative Sam Johnson

    Posted on 2013-12-16

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    JOHNSON of texas in the house of representatives Monday, December 16, 2013 Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to honor fourteen distinguished military veterans, community servants, and American patriots who call the Third District of Texas home. All faithfully answered the call of duty and placed service above self for the sake of our great nation. Each one leaves a legacy to be remembered, for future generations to follow, a legacy of bravery, loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice. For their selfless service, bold leadership, and undying commitment for their neighbor and nation, the following individual has been selected as a recipient of the third annual Congressional Veteran Commendation: Sergeant Paul Gade served in the United States Navy from 1979 to 1991 and currently serves in the Naval Reserves. During his time in service, Mr. Gade served isolated duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his 3rd Duty Station, Mr. Gade became interested in the SEAL program and in 1986 he qualified for the program. Having started the SEAL class with 120 participants, Mr. Gade was one of only 12 original classmates to complete the training. During graduation, he was selected as the Lead Petty Officer to ring out his class. To date, Mr. Gade is the only enlisted man to have that honor while officers present.

    Mr. Gade continued his relentless service by joining the McKinney Police Department. He has served in the Patrol Division, as a Detective, in the Special Operations Division, and was a SWAT member for several years. When the McKinney Police Department was attacked in August 2010, Mr. Gade was among the officers to respond to the shooting by running into the fray to protect his fellow officers and citizens nearby.

    Additionally, on July 4, 2009, Mr. Gade was sworn into the Naval Reserves, it's clear his desire to serve his community and country after all of these years continues. His contributions leave a legacy for us to recognize and honor as he goes out of his way to help fellow officers and citizens and has received numerous commendations for his actions.

    Sergeant Paul Gade, let me both thank and congratulate you on your exceptional service to our country and community both past and present. It is my pleasure to award you the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas.

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