Redesignation of the 209Th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadronby Representative Steven M. Palazzo
Posted on 2015-01-08
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Mr. PALAZZO. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the United States Congress and
as a fellow member of the Mississippi National Guard, it is my pleasure
to welcome and congratulate the brave men and women of the 209th Civil
Engineer Squadron. The airmen who stand before you today are unique
professionals who have answered the nation's call to support and defend
our great nation and state. Today's ceremony truly represents the next
chapter in a storied legacy of ``Americans at their best.''
Since 1969, the 209th Civilian Engineer Squadron has served our State
with honor and distinction and for more than a decade, worked shoulder-
to-shoulder with the Special Operations community. These airmen have
provided world class support services and civil engineering teams
during crisis response operations all around the globe. Today's
redesignation ceremony officially recognizes your skills, talents and
esprit de corps . . . the hallmark of the Special Operations community.
As the new colors are uncased, you will carry on a long lineage of Special Operations units, who for nearly a century have operated at the tip of the spear and in harm's way. Most recently, our special operators have played key roles in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as provided significant efforts toward humanitarian operations in Africa and counter-narcotics missions in South America. Within our own shores, National Guard Special Forces have responded to the devastating effects of natural disasters, providing unique resources and personal commitment to aid their fellow Americans.
I'd like to send a special thanks to our military families. The preparedness of our airmen is only possible through the loving support of our immediate and extended families, who keep our households running during the uncertainty of deployments.
Congratulations again to our unit leaders and airmen! As we look toward the future, the world isn't getting any safer. Your skills, talents, will remain in high demand. Through perseverance, hard work and training, the 209th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will remain ready, strategically mobile and postured to respond to crisis at home and abroad.