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National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2016—Conference Report October 1, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, likewise emphasized the centrality of religious freedom for our new Nation. In 1786, the Virginia Legislature adopted a statute on religious freedom written by none other than Thomas Jefferson. This law said that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matter of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.”"
Recognizing Michael R. Frey On The Occasion Of His Retirement As Sully District Supervisor September 18, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"For those who don’t know him, Michael has been a lifelong sports fan. He has coached youth baseball and basketball for multiple community sports leagues, and we worked together during my tenure on the board to convert playing fields to synthetic turf in Fairfax to expand such opportunities for our youth. Michael was active in the bid to lure a Major League Baseball team to Northern Virginia. He served on, and at one time chaired, the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority. As we all know, the team ultimately relocated into Washington, D.C., but the efforts of Michael and the Authority were instrumental in baseball’s return to the National Capital Region."
Welcoming Reverend Robert Michaels September 9, 2015
Marsha Blackburn, R-TN
"Chaplain Michaels served in law enforcement with the 229th Military Police Battalion of the Virginia Army National Guard, as well as with the Norfolk, Virginia, police department."
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."

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