NO. R-167.  Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the special leadership role of Rear Admiral Barry Costello U.S.N. in the Persian Gulf naval operations.

(S.C.R.24)

Offered by:  Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator White of Windham County.

Offered by:  Representatives Allaire of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Chen of Mendon, Crowley of West Rutland, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Duffy of Rutland City, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Freed of Dorset, Haas of Rutland City, Helm of Castleton, Kirker of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, Rogers of Castleton, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Waite of Pawlet and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Rear Admiral Barry Costello U.S.N., a native of Rutland, is commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1 in the Persian Gulf, and

Whereas, his education and professional training made him ideally suited for this crucial wartime responsibility, and

Whereas, in 1973, having attended Mount St. Joseph Academy and graduated from the Cranwell School, Holy Cross College, he was commissioned as an ensign through the NROTC Program, and

Whereas, after serving as both a naval communications and recruiting officer, he left military service to attend Albany Law School, and

Whereas, after law school graduation and admission to the New York Bar, the future admiral opted to return to the U.S. Navy, and

Whereas, he obtained advanced strategic training, graduating from the Surface Weapons Operations (SWOS) Department Head School and with honors from the College of Naval Command and Staff, and

Whereas, he has familiarity with combat in the Middle East as the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Elliott, and has completed other tours of duty at sea, and

Whereas, prior to his current assignment, he was entrusted with the important responsibility of serving as the Navy’s senior liaison to the U.S. Senate, and

Whereas, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1, under Admiral Costello’s superb leadership, was at the scene of battle and saw significant and direct action  during the recent combat in Iraq, and

Whereas, with the successful conclusion of his group’s assignment in the Persian Gulf, Admiral Costello and his colleagues are steaming home to their home port at San Diego, California, and

Whereas, Admiral Costello exhibited great military skill and courage while performing his wartime duties, now therefore be it


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the special leadership role of Rutland native Rear Admiral Barry Costello U.S.N. in the Persian Gulf naval operations, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to Rear Admiral and Mrs. Barry Costello at their home in San Diego, and to their sons Aidan and Brendan.