NO. R-49.† Senate concurrent resolution honoring the bravery of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jefferey Paine of Wilder.

(S.C.R.7)

Offered by:† Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County and Senator Welch of Windsor County, Representatives Bohi of Hartford and Kainen of Hartford.

†††† Whereas, subsequent to a U.S. military bombing raid that killed at least 18 Al Quaida or Taliban militants, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jefferey Paine of Wilder, a squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, was one of approximately 500 soldiers who was sent to Adi Ghar, a rugged and mountainous area of southeastern Afghanistan, and

†††† Whereas, Staff Sergeant Paine, on his first combat assignment, was directed to climb thousands of feet upwards in this geographically and politically treacherous area to search caves for remaining militants, and

†††† Whereas, these dark caves are of various dimensions, some large enough to stand up in and others so narrow that a person can only enter by crawling, and

†††† Whereas, were this simply a recreational mountaineering and spelunking exercise, it would be considered a feat of athletic daring, given the difficult terrain, and

†††† Whereas, given the military context of the mission, and the potential presence of both land mines and agitated enemy combatants, the soldiers were engaged in an unbelievably dangerous endeavor, and

†††† Whereas, while the U.S. Army soldiers did not locate any lingering foreign fighters, they did uncover weapons and, in the process, destroyed eight additional caves, and

†††† Whereas, Staff Sergeant Paine graduated from Hartford High School in the class of 1993, and

†††† Whereas, as a student at Hartford High School, he achieved athletic prominence, serving as the captain of both the state championship football team and the ice hockey team, and

†††† Whereas, he concluded his high school football career as a Vermont team member in the all‑star 1994 Maple Sugar Bowl game against New Hampshire, and

†††† Whereas, Staff Sergeant Paine has exhibited valor and bravery in the performance of his military duties, now therefore be it

†††† Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

†††† That the General Assembly recognizes the bravery and courage which Staff Sergeant Jefferey Paine exhibited during the 82nd Airborne Divisionís recent mission at Adi Ghar, Afghanistan, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Staff Sergeant Paineís parents, Charon and Rob Duranleau, in Enfield, New Hampshire.