Tribute to Sergeant Justin Mahanaby Senator Dean Heller
Posted on 2015-02-04
HELLER. Mr. President, I wish to recognize Sgt Justin
Mahana for his courageous act to help others. After driving from Las
Vegas to Lake Havasu, AZ, to help a coworker whose car had broken down,
Sergeant Mahana stopped at a gas station to check that his own car was
ready for the trip back to Nevada. While there, Sergeant Mahana
witnessed a car crash into a median, leading him to investigate the
accident and pull the driver out of the car as it lit into flames. It
gives me great pleasure to recognize his bravery and his commitment to
others both in this moment and throughout his life.
Sergeant Mahana, a 17-year veteran, joined the U.S. Air Force because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. His job entails the maintenance and upkeep of military vehicles that are used by pararescuemen when conducting combat search and rescue missions, as well as humanitarian relief operations. Both his commitment to the Air Force, as well as his daily actions, prove his regard for others.
I extend my deepest gratitude to Sergeant Mahana for his courageous contributions to the United States of America and to freedom-loving nations around the world. His service to his country and his bravery earn him a place among the outstanding men and women who have valiantly defended our Nation.
His commitment to helping those around him, as well as serving the country, demonstrates his unwavering selfless character. His actions represent only the greatest of Nevada's values, including a sense of community and an obligation to help others.
As a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I recognize that Congress has a responsibility not only to honor these brave individuals who serve our Nation, but also to ensure they are cared for when they return home. I remain committed to upholding this promise for our veterans and servicemembers in Nevada and throughout the Nation.
During his tenure, Sergeant Mahana has demonstrated professionalism, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the highest standards of the Air Force. I am both humbled and honored by his service and am proud to call him a fellow Nevadan. Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Sgt. Justin Mahana for all of his accomplishments and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.