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Recognizing Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler August 5, 2015
Bob Casey, D-PA
"Admiral Weschler would then go on to command the USS CLARENCE K. BRONSON in action during the Korean war. During the Vietnam war, he commanded amphibious operations against Viet Cong forces in 1965 to 1966, during which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit. In 1966, Admiral Weschler became Commander Naval Support Activity, Danang Republic of Vietnam, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Following his service in Vietnam, he was awarded a Gold Star for his accomplishments in pioneering and developing the Spruance Class destroyer and the Virginia Class cruiser."
Recognizing The Third Annual Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce “Above And Beyond” Awards July 31, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Fairfax County Police Officer PFC Matthew Dannemann, West Springfield District Police Station, for his volunteer efforts with the Virginia Chapter of the American Rescue Dog Association and the Police Department Supplemental Search and Rescue Team."
Recognizing The Retirement Of Tawny Hammond July 31, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"For these accomplishments, she received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Metropolitan D.C. Council of Governments, the 2014 Compassion Award by the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and was recently named to the Board of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. Upon her retirement, she was again awarded the A. Heath Onthank Award—the first person to earn this distinction twice."
Senate Resolution 239—Commemorating The 75Th Anniversary Of The Virginia Institute Of Marine Science Of The College Of William & Mary July 30, 2015
Tim Kaine, D-VA
"Mr. President, Virginia has a proud tradition of academic excellence dating back to Thomas Jefferson and a deep appreciation for our beautiful and bountiful coastal waters that predates that. For 75 years, one Virginia academic institution has built a sterling reputation as a national leader in environmental education and a trusted source of information and analysis for generations of policymakers. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015. I am proud to join my bipartisan colleagues Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Rob Wittman in submitting a resolution to commemorate this milestone."
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015 July 24, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"In 1776, the Virginia legislature considered a constitution for the Commonwealth. George Mason proposed this language, “that all men should enjoy the fullest toleration in the exercise of religion.” James Madison thought this implied that the right to practice religion was a governmental favor rather than an inalienable right. He proposed this language instead, “All men are equally entitled to the full and free exercise of [religion], according to the dictates of conscience.” America’s Founders saw religious freedom as an inalienable right that government must respect rather than something the government can decide whether to tolerate. In fact, as Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg has written, America’s Founders saw religious freedom as preeminent among fundamental rights."

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