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In Recognition Of Colonel Rocky Mcpherson May 19, 2016
Tom Rooney, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the distinguished career of retired Marine Colonel Rocky McPherson, who is retiring after 50 years of service to our nation and the state of Florida. Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1966, Rocky was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and began his military career with a ground combat tour in Vietnam. After one year as an infantry officer he transitioned into the aviation community and is the only Marine officer with both ground and aviation combat tours during the Vietnam War. During Rocky’s continued military service, he commanded the Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 121 aboard the USS Ranger, the Marine Air Training Support Group at Whidbey Island, Washington, and served as the Chief of Staff, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. His final assignment before retiring from the Marine Corps was at Marine Corps Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Manpower Division. Rocky then served as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where he oversaw the most significant expansion of state veterans’ nursing homes in decades, led department efforts to support Florida’s returning severely wounded service members, and spearheaded plans to design and build the Florida World War II Memorial and monument—a replica of the larger monument located here in Washington, D.C. His personal and professional dedication to improving services for Florida’s veterans has made a tremendous and lasting impact on the lives of over 1.5 million veterans and their family members in Florida. Most recently, Rocky has used his talents to advance the mission of Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders that aims to encourage economic development in the state of Florida. As the organization’s Vice President for Military and Defense Programs, Rocky has worked to protect, preserve, and improve Florida’s military installations, as well as the communities surrounding those bases. Rocky’s unparalleled experience and knowledge of military and defense issues have made him both a leader at the national level and an invaluable resource for Governors, State Legislators, and local defense community leaders across the state. Mr. Speaker, I thank Colonel Rocky McPherson for the duty and honor he has consistently displayed throughout his 17 years of outstanding service to the state of Florida. We are truly better off because of his hard work, and I wish Rocky, his wife of 34 years Connie, their children Ashley, Nathan and Courtney, and their grandson, Jack all the best in the years to come."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 May 19, 2016
Susan Collins, R-ME
"Finally, I want to highlight the funding included in this legislation for our Nation’s civilian and military members—and their families—who serve at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME. The legislation includes $74.9 million for housing, the replacement of the medical and dental clinic, and utility nuclear improvements. These projects will help provide the exceptional personnel at PNSY with the facilities they need and deserve to carry out the mission."
Issues Of The Day May 19, 2016
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"And the only reason Iran would have the gall to go forward and say, Hey, look, we have got a third underground missile site, we are going to let you see a launch, we don’t care that the world knows that we are violating this last agreement with Obama and Kerry and Wendy Sherman that helped give North Korea nuclear weapons in the Clinton administration, we don’t care that they know because we have now seen that this administration will not stand up to us, they will let us push them around, they will even let us take their soldiers or their naval officers, their naval seamen captive, violate virtually every treaty on the treatment of prisoners, humiliate the American sailors, force them to lie on camera, and after all that is said and done, we will get the Secretary of State to come back and thank us."
Paying Tribute To The “Frogmen” Of The U.S. Naval Combat Demolition Units In World War Ii May 16, 2016
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"Mr. Speaker, I had the privilege of meeting on March 30 with William “Bill,” Dawson of Waldorf; Maryland, in the Fifth Congressional District. Bill is the last living member of the first class of Naval Special Warfare Operators to train for duty with the U.S. Naval Combat Demolition Units that were the precursor to today’s Navy SEAL teams. He is ninety-one years old and a retired Washington, D.C. firefighter who remains deeply proud of his service to our nation and to his community. I was honored to receive from him a copy of his book Before They Were SEALS They Were Frogs, which recounts the story of the Naval Combat Demolition Units during the Second World War and his own service in the Pacific."
Paying Tribute To Commander Matthew L. Dunlay, As He Prepares To Retire After 20 Years Of Service To The United States Navy And To Our Nation May 13, 2016
David Jolly, R-FL
"Commander Matthew L. Dunlay graduated from the Norwich University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned an Ensign upon completion of the NROTC program and reported directly to Pensacola, FL for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1998."

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