Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texasby Representative Sam Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-16
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.
Captain Shep Stahel served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1989. After earning a Navy ROTC Scholarship to Tulane University, Mr. Stahel's Naval career began during his college years where he served on summer midshipman cruises; one in the North Sea with NATO forces and the other in Hong Kong. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, he commissioned as Ensign and served for two years as Navigator on the USS Matthews and then as Executive Officer on the USS Duval County. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the USS Duval County operated out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, training soldiers to conduct amphibious landings.
After transitioning from active to reserve duty, he served as commanding officer of Surface Warfare Units in both Trenton, New Jersey and Buffalo, New York until he moved to Dallas to command a unit at Naval Air Station Dallas.
This year, Mr. Stahel retired from IBM after 50 years of service. During his time there, he managed business affairs for IBM Corporation's legal department in the South-Southwestern region of the U.S. Additionally, for the [[Page E1889]] past twenty plus years, Mr. Stahel has served as the founder and chairman of countless city and transportation boards for crucial city development of Dallas and Plano.
Captain Shep Stahel, 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.