NO. R-170.† House concurrent resolution recognizing the men and women of the U.S. Armyís air defense artilleryís Task Force Iron Horse, Alpha Battery.

(H.C.R.110)

Offered by:† Representative Smith of New Haven.

Whereas, the U.S. Armyís air defense artilleryís Task Force Iron Horse, Alpha Battery is currently stationed in Saudi Arabia, and

Whereas, among the unitís members are 1st Lieutenant Meredith Tillson of New Haven, and

Whereas, this unit is in charge of a base of Patriot missiles used for the protection of United States Air Force assets on the ground in the Middle East, and

Whereas, the unitís duties also include protection of other military units such as the U.S. Air Forceís 363 Air Expeditiary Wing which has been flying high altitude reconnaissance missions over Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom, and

Whereas, the men and women of the U.S. Armyís air defense artilleryís Task Force Iron Horse, Alpha Battery risk their lives on a daily basis performing a dangerous mission which has assumed increased sensitivity and importance during the recent combat in Iraq, and

Whereas, when Evan Tillson, a 3rd grader who attends the Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, and Lieutenant Tillsonís younger brother, informed his class of his big sisterís deployment, his teacher, Arnell Paquette, decided to make Evanís class the task forceís special junior pen pals, and

Whereas, a mutually meaningful correspondence has developed between Evanís class and his sisterís military unit, and

Whereas, it is important to remember the thousands of Americans, many of them very young, who are serving their nation so far away from home, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the brave men and women who serve our country as members of the U.S. Armyís air defense artillery Task Force Iron Horse, Alpha Battery, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the U.S. Armyís air defense artillery Task Force Iron Horse, Alpha Battery.